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FLYING SQUIRREL STUDY TRIP

 
Flying Squirrel Study Trip
NB! Because Flying Squirrels are endangered, their observation and being near to their habitats is only allowed with local expert. Upcoming trips will be offered only on fixed dates. Another opportunity is to book a space in one of our Mammal Watching holidays.


Flying Squirrel / Rainar Kurbel

Scheduled trips 2015: 15.05 / 17.05 / 24.05
Group size: 4/8 pax
Duration: 8 -10 hours, including a dinner at local guesthouse
Grading: Walking is mainly on good level tracks but we may also enter the forest in search of tracks and signs and this terrain can be a little more difficult
Meet the guide: at 2:00 pm in Tudu village (North-East Estonia, from Tallinn ca 200 km)
Price: 115 Euro pp. Min group price is 400 Euro.
Includes: English speaking specialist-guide (with equipment), local transportation, evening meal.
Excludes: transfer from Tallinn to Alutaguse and back, accommodation.

These trips fill quickly so try to plan your dates and book your holiday as soon as possible!  We also have the expertise to discuss your requirements and arrange suitable accommodation and a rental car for your itinerary.

Siberian Flying Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel is a bit smaller than the ordinary squirrel and a pride of Estonian forests – in Europe they can only be found in Estonia and Finland. It has received its name from hairy folds of skin between its fore and hind legs which help it to make jumps up to 35 metres from one tree to another. In recent decades intensive woodcutting has decreased the number of old forests and particulary old hollow aspen trees that are suitable for Flying Squirrels. Right now there are 80 known sites for Flying Squirrels that have been found in the North-East region of Estonia. 
The best time to observe Flying Squirrels are from May to early August when light nights gives better opportunities to see this nocturnal mammal.


Flying Squirrel / Rainar Kurbel


Itinerary

Flying Squirrel Study trips will be led by top specialist of small mammals in Estonia, Uudo Timm.  Uudo has had a particular interest in Flying Squirrels for the last 20 years and has been researching their ecology and protection plus monitoring their spread and distribution.

In the early afternoon, we will reach the species-rich Western Taiga forest environment and enjoy the Flying Squirrel tracking for several hours. We also hope to be entertained by other attractions in this area which include forest birds such as Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Wryneck and some interesting woodpeckers. In the late evening, after our evening meal at a local guesthouse, we will go for a Flying Squirrel night session. The chance to see Flying Squirrel is high, but may vary from year to year. If we are fortunate we may even see them jumping from one tree to another.


    Flying Squirrel / Jean-Michel Bompar

Flying Squirrel / Jean-Michel Bompar

Field clothing

Normal outdoor clothing is recommended. We recommend to dress in layers, because it can be quite chilly during the late hours in the evening. Rubber boots are necessary during walking! Mosquitos can be plentiful in May-June, they are not so much of a problem in July.

Click here and read Terms and Conditions... 

NB! In order to protect, you have to know that due to its hidden lifestyle and rarity, the research and successful protection of Flying Squirrels is labour-intensive and time-consuming. The state protection arrangement is mainly based on the information gathered in the course of the Estonian Fund For Nature (ELF) project. ELF has launched a donation campaign to raise money to buy necessary flying squirrel research equipment. For every person joining us on our Mammal Watching tour (see above) we will make a donation of 15 Euros to this project as we feel it is extremely important to the future of this delightful animal.  With the help of this research the Flying Squirrel stands a chance of increasing in numbers here which we would all surely be delighted to see. Read more... 

Click here and see the Flying Squirrel video...


 









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