Final seminar for the MIA project

Between 1 and 3 October, it was time for the final seminar of the MIA project. In total there were over 50 people who participated and the days featured everything from presentations, field visits and dinner at the Västerås castle.
Group photo

It was mainly people from other county boards who participated but also a group from a LIFE project in Estonia, individuals and representatives from companies that in some way has been affected by the project.

During the first day we were welcomed by the County Governor of Västmanland, Ingemar Skogö, and then the participants were informed of some of the measures undertaken in the project through presentations from the project partners.

Landshövdningen hälsar alla välkomna.

In the afternoon we had invited Mats Niklasson who talked about veteranisation, Thomas Ranius (lichens and beetles associated with old oaks), Petter Haldén (the action plan for the Ortolan Bunting) and Gustav Johansson (responsible for the work with Alisma wahlenbergii in the project). The evening ended with a dinner at the castlein Vasteras, together with the governor.

Thomas Ranius håller en presentation

Thursday was spent out in the field where we first visited Hjälstaviken and saw the actions made ​​there. Here, among other things, wet meadows have been restored, foreste edges cleared, veteranisation on broad leaved trees and a bird hide built. The journey then continued on towards Aggarön where we were guided by Björn Brage and got to see some of the measures done ​​on the island, including clearing of the 9070 surfaces and construction of a wind shelter.

Vindskydd på Aggarön.

The last day of the seminar was spent outside in Strömsholm where we also had a visit from the local TV news (which can be seen here, in swedish). There were also some presentation by of the new LIFE projects beginning in 2015 and Elisabeth Gärdin from the Environmental Protection Agency held a nice presentation on how NVV works with LIFE. Before the concluding luncheon we visited som of the areas where measures has been taken in the project.

The project management is very pleased with the seminar and would like to thank everyone who had the opportunity to participate.

Some pictures from the final seminar