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ATIRA - Guardians of the mountain meadows

When and where08.07.2024 - 30.09.2024
  • 09:30 AM-12:30 PM
Badia

Why is it essential to mow the meadows, and what techniques are used?
What would be the consequences of not maintaining the meadows on the landscape and the environment, also in relation to tourism?
How is the hay mowed during the different stages of summer, and why is it so important for agricultural life and also for tourism?
How can we, as guests, contribute to the respect and preservation of these precious agricultural ecosystems?

We are in the Murin area (which means 'mill' in Ladin) in Badia. In the company of Gottfried, an experienced farmer who is a guardian of Ladin agricultural tradition, you walk through the meadows he tends to. And it is from here that a truly exhilarating and important experience begins: Gottfried unveils the art and science of mowing, sharing with the guest the significance and necessity of this practice, explaining the various methods used, the timing for mowing and how each type of cut influences the subsequent use of the hay. It will be easier to understand how the lack of care for mountain meadows and pastures can cause not only aesthetic damage but also environmental harm.

The guest thus learns the importance of respecting the meadows, avoiding unnecessary trampling, and recognizing the hard work of farmers who, season after season, take care of these vital spaces for the mountain ecosystem. The activity concludes with a guided visit to the farmhouse Lüch da Murin: here, the guest can observe mountain agricultural life up close.

This experience is part of ATIRA: a series of weekly meetings and excursions designed to raise awareness about crucial issues for maintaining sustainable territorial development. With ATIRA, you become a guardian of the Dolomites: you will not only learn fascinating facts about the mountains but also how to actively contribute to the protection of our territory. It's an opportunity to connect with the Dolomite nature, which is everyone's heritage and thus requires everyone's respect.

Domestic animals and strollers are not allowed.

Information and reservation at the tourist offices or online within the day before (limited places).

During the event photos or video footage may be taken for the purpose of documentation and promotion of the event and the region. The footage may be used and published on websites, on social networks and on media in compliance with the data protection regulations.

Useful informations / what to bring

Bring the confirmation of the reservation (also in digital format). For a safe mountain hike, it is necessary that you wear appropriate hiking shoes as well as sportswear suitable for the weather conditions and take mountain sticks with you. Remember to pack a backpack with your essentials: a water bottle, sunscreen, a cap, a wind and rain jacket and energy snacks to recharge your batteries along the way.

Refund information

The refund will be made with a medical certificate or if the event is cancelled by the Alta Badia Tourism Cooperative.

Service description

Guided excursion.

Directions

Follow the SS244 Val Badia road towards Badia.

In order to encourage sustainable mobility, choose environmentally friendly means of transportation, such as public transport.
Reach the meeting point by bus: bus stop Badia, Pedraces – line 460, at 600 m.

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