From 7-8 June the partners of the CATCH met in Szczecin, Poland. During the meeting the consortium discussed concrete work steps and project milestones and enjoy a field trip in the area of the town of Stepnica. Stepnica is located on the East coast of the Szczecin Lagoon. Participants split into two groups and felt a bit into the beauty of the local wildlife.
1) With the help of the local guide, we had the possibility to explore the area with one of the highest breeding densities of white-tailed eagles in continental Europe. During the boat trip it was possible to watch eagles that hunt fish closer than 50 m from the boat.
2) The wild river Gowienica tour is dedicated to natural salmon and trout living and spawning site. With the experienced guide we explored salmonid fish natural habitats, learned how to protect them from poaching and anthropogenic influence and looked around for different mammals and birds such as grey wolf, moose, wild boar, red deer, roe deer, European beaver and otter.
The next project meeting – which will include a first Polish-German stakeholder workshop and the mid-term conference – is scheduled for 7-9 November 2017 in Peenemünde, Germany.