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PanParks sustainable tourism consultancy

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

PanParks is a European NGO that was founded by the WWF to protect the remaining wilderness areas of Europe. Many of these core areas are to be found in national parks from northern Finland to Portugal, Italy and Eastern Europe. They protect important large mammal species such as bear, wolf and lynx as well as much other flora and fauna and it is likely that you will be hearing much more about them in the coming year.

Wildlife & Wilderness director, Dr. Steve Banner, was invited out to the Central Balkans National Park in Bulgaria recently to help formulate the sustainable tourism model which will help provide much needed funds to help protect these important areas. The successful consultancy was carried out with other international tour operators and incoming agents who work in those countries currently with panparks protected areas.

In the coming months we will be introducing some exciting new programmes and each time you travel to one of these areas you can be sure that you are helping to protect the area you are visiting for future generations. For further information on panparks visit http://www.panparks.org/ or contact Steve at Wildlife & Wilderness.

Holidays Tracking European Wolf in Poland

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

As the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 is announced with an Iberian Wolf jumping a gate into a field under moonlight in search of food, we have clients in Poland tracking wolves in the Bieszczady Mountains. This area is often very productive for those interested in finding Europe’s elusive carnivore. Recent snows in the mountains of Poland have meant that wolf tracking early in the season has been quite rewarding  this week. From a village base where wolves were last sighted 4 days ago daily tracking takes place with our professional guide and the knowledge of local researchers and forest workers. Bear trails and bison are also readily seen at this time of the year too. So if you want the excitement of tracking these magnificent large mammals consider taking a holiday in Poland with us soon.

Land of Ice

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Just a short message that comes to you from the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. We flew in over stunning glaciers and nunataks yesterday and tomorrow we set off on the small vessel we are using next year with Andy Rouse’s wildlife photography tours. Having just chatted with a couple of guides we are in an excited mood before searching for the elusive white bear. An estimated 3000 polar bears inhabit the region so on this week long marine safari our chances should be good. I’ll update you as soon as we return to civilisation from this Arctic safari.



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