International camp in Lahemaa and on Osmussare island

Between 6th and 16th of August we participated in our second 10-days international camp. In the first half we stayed in Pudisoo, Lahemaa National Park to continue our conservational work in Pudisoo river to restore the natural habitat for freshwater pearlmussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). After spending 5 days in Lahemaa NP, we took a boat from Dirham port to Osmussare island.

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Happy volunteers on the boat to Osmussare. (Photo by Helena Stamberg)

The island located in north-west Estonia, 6 km from the mainland, in the entrance of the Gulf of Finland. According to legends the viking chief god, Odin is buried here.

The island like other parts of West-Estonia had Swedish population in the previous centuries. Before the Second World War seven Swedish families lived on the island who then fled to their home country. The island location also attracted the military: you can still find and explore abandoned soviet artillery bases and military bunkers on the shore.

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Sunset with light tower on Osmussare. (Photo by Nerea Castibe)

Our work was clearing the area of junipers and burn the piles that the previous group left. In the afternoons we had a special task: to gather the sheep together that wander freely around on the island. At first it was quite tricky because some of them run into the woods and we had to find them again. After getting some experience we managed very well to gather them in one place.

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