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Another successful working holiday in La Brenne!


Some of the 4000 cranes that winter in La Brenne. What a spectacle!

Fifteen people took part in the visit to La Brenne in February 2015, working with our French partners on a number of different sites in the Chérine Nature Reserve, cutting blackthorn and tree heather on grazing pastures; ash, sallow and poplar invading the reedbeds and removing oak and ash in a area of secondary woodland where Snake’shead Fritillaries used to abound when it was an open field. We had four chainsaws and three brushcutters and a stalwart team of draggers, loppers and burners – overall everyone was very pleased with what we managed to achieve in those five days. AND we had time to enjoy the wildlife of the area, the local food and wine including delicious wildboar casserole, terrines, cheeses and smoked carp and were very touched by the warmth of the welcome we received from the reserve staff and our friends in Mézières-en-Brenne.

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The EuCAN team with staff from the reserve and a group of volunteers from the Foyer in Le Blanc

To see photos from the visit, click here.