From May 24 to 26, as part of the LIFE Lynx project, the Slovenian Forest Service hosted guests from North Macedonia and France. The Macedonian guests were representatives of the Macedonian Ecological Society, the Ministries (Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy), Mavrovo National Park and the National Forests Public Enterprise. The guests from France were educators and students of the Post-master Programme from the AgriParisTech educational institution in Paris.
On the first day, there were presentations by the guests, ZGS management and members of the LIFE Lynx project, followed by two days of field activities. During the first field day, we visited the Dina Pivka centre for large carnivores, followed by a visit to the Sedmak farm, where the owner gave us a presentation on protecting small livestock from attacks by large carnivores using livestock guarding dogs. We spent the afternoon in Mašun, and at the end of the day we visited the lynx and bear marking spot in Kambrce.
On the second field day, we visited Gorenjska – a representative of the Triglav National Park (TNP) gave a presentation on the park’s activities, and then we went from the TNP headquarters to Pokljuka, where guests could see for themselves what a lynx quarantine enclosure looks like. We ended our visit in a pleasant atmosphere with lunch and an agreement to continue learning from each other.