Students from an international school have helped to prepare pastures for wild horses

2014 - 09 - 20
Students from an international school have helped to prepare pastures for wild horses

Today there has started an enclosure preparation for wild horses right in the terrain in Central Bohemian Milovice. An important help was provided by volunteers from Townshend International School from Hluboka nad Vltavou in South Bohemia. One ten of students and two pedagogues were mapping black dumps in the locality and potentially dangerous structures, as holes, deep ditches, wires sticking up from the ground and things like that all the day. They put every place into a map using GPS coordinates.

“The help of the students from Townshend International School was very valuable. Otherwise, we would have arranged the locality mapping with a big difficulty,“ thanked the director of European Wildlife conservation organization Dalibor Dostal.

The organisation has entered into cooperation with the school through scientists of South Bohemian University and the Biology Centre of Academy of Sciences who participated in realisation of projects focused on big hoofed animals return to Czech nature and they gave lectures on this topic at Townshend International School in the past.

This attitude is unique among Czech schools for the time being. “The foreign students showed with their help what a big lead in developed countries education there is in the field of social responsibility. A big part of Czech schools do not devote to volunteering in environmental area at all for now,“ added Dalibor Dostal.
The volunteer day should be followed by another one in a few weeks within which the dangerous findings will be removed from the pasture.

In Milovice there is to appear the first herd of wild horses in Central and Eastern Europe at the turn of the year. Scientists are just now finishing a study which is dedicated to wild horses and also to other key species of big hoofed animals – an aurochs.

Photo: Miloslav Jirku

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