From our conservation holiday volunteering with lynx, wolves, bears and wildcats in the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/slovakia)

The second group of the Slovakia wolf, lynx and bear expedition has now departed.

After a very successful expedition, the team travelled back west by train, and spilt off to their own destinations all over the world; one travelling as far as Singapore…

Again another sad departure, Steve, Sergii, Marc, Alex ‘leather pants’, Chris, Uwe, Katie, Aly-Cat, Nadine, Sarah, Emma and Heather (Angel) were an excellent group. With their sharp wits, minds and claws they compiled a good amount of data, again exceeding expectations in the ‘steep and deep’ snow.

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Here’s a summary: 22 of our cells were covered in 17 transects. Records from this team include three golden eagle sightings, four otter tracks, ten lynx tracks, six lynx scats, eight lynx urine samples, 23 wolf tracks, six wolf urine samples, seven wolf scats, one wolf hair sample, eight camera traps placed (two of which are still deployed) and a large selection of carcasses, thanks to our carcass queen Katie.

Frantisek shed a tear as the train left, mostly because Alex ‘leather pants’ fluorescent orange ukelele went with it.

Paul and Astrid will remain here at base for one more day to collate data and pack up the kit, potentially squeezing in one last hot chocolate…

Tomas, Paul, Noro and Astrid wish you all a very safe and trouble free journey home, we thank you for your incredible efforts in the Velka Fatra National Park and your fantastic humour and spirit (not spirits) back at base. Hopefully we will meet some of you again in the future!

Best wishes

Paul & Astrid

From our conservation holiday volunteering with lynx, wolves, bears and wildcats in the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/slovakia).

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