Over the course of 3 weeks, the team conducted a plant survey of Piramagroon Mountain with local experts’ assistance and training, mainly based in Zewe village, with a few days spent in the hidden hanging valley (Qola Rash) just below one of the mountain’s peaks.
A four-day bird identification training took place simultaneously to the surveys in the Nature Iraq Eco Camp. Ten participants attended the training: 5 from Kurdistan, 4 of whom were forestry police, and 5 from other parts of the country. Topics included an introduction to field work, methods of counting birds, criteria for selection of protected areas, and management of protected areas.
Following the success of the online course this year, with 24 students and staff from the University completing 5 to 6 modules, the course will be reprised for the coming year.