While onsite observe the following rules:
1. Be as quiet as possible: you will hear and see many more things because the majority of animals and birds have excellent hearing.
We recommend you walk stealthily like a cat, staying on the trail to avoid rustling of leaves to approach animals and birds without scaring them and to learn some of their secrets.
2. “Helping” animals will result in a tragedy.
If you see a nestling along the way that appears to have fallen out of the nest, never pick it up, don’t even touch it, even if it looks miserable and hungry with its open mouth. When small birds are learning to fly, they very often end up sitting on the ground due to lack of flying skills. It does not mean that they are lost; they are just sitting and waiting for their parents to come and feed them. Their cheep is a signal to their parents (but never to people!) and they will always come and feed the nestling, but only if YOU don’t take it away. Bird parents feed their babies up to 100 times a day, which means it is almost impossible for a person to rear a “poor lost nestling” properly, often resulting in its death.
3. Be nature protectors and watch animals without interfering in their lives.
A person who is not indifferent to nature often harms it with seemingly innocuous actions, such as “just” looking at a nest. This curiosity is not as harmless as it might seem, actually. Firstly, one might frighten away a nesting bird. Secondly, the bird might never return to its nest and even if it does, the incubation rhythm will be broken, especially if there are many curious people walking around. A broken rhythm means that the hen will have to incubate its eggs longer, leading to a higher risk of predators. Thirdly, walking disturbs the grass surrounding the nest, thus revealing the nest to predators and crows. Such nests are always doomed, because any predator with its quick sense of smell will inevitably pick your trail and thank you for a wonderful lunch you kindly offered.
4. Always use an existing firepits. If you must to make a new one, first remove the turf and set it aside. After use, spread the coals and replace the turf.
You must always remember that scorched earth will remain barren for a long time, because all living things – everything that makes soil fertile – have been burnt. Remember that soil is a living thing, too. Certainly, people can’t avoid making fire to dry clothes or cook food, but one should always use an existing firepit whenever possible. Do not leave open “slow-healing wounds” behind.
5. Use only deadwood and brushwood for fire.
In doing so, you will do less harm to the nature, although every dry or fallen tree is somebody’s home and food. All living trees play an even more important part is the ecosystem: they produce oxygen, provide animals with food, and serve as a home or shelter. Let a living tree finish its life circle. «долги».
6. Choose camping places away from animal and ant paths.
All animals prefer to move along either their own or common trails. These trails play a very important role, being a means of communication, a kind of billboard where everyone can learn the news. We are guests here, so let’s behave respectfully to the hosts. In setting up camp along such a trail, we disturb the hosts and force them to change their natural behavior. Besides, in setting up a tent close to an ant trail or an anthill, you will most definitely be displeased with your neighbors, and this feeling will be reciprocal.
7. When leaving the campsite be sure you leave it in the same state as it was before your arrival.
We often behave in a way that is totally incompatible with the image of a cultivated person. Why do many suddenly become obsessed with a desire to leave a trace behind, such as “Killroy was here”, preferably written in large red letters in a high and hard to reach place? Such actions can easily be explained. This is an example of a behavioral throwback. Human being are a species of animal, and all animals must mark their territory in order to survive and so that everyone knows who is in charge. Just think about it. We are hoping that you are in full control of your instincts and that the process of evolution was not wasted on you. Another example of behavior that is frowned upon is picking flowers. The flowers will inevitably wilt the next day, only to be thrown away. Besides, those keen on picking flowers usually choose the biggest and the brightest buds, which are equally appealing to pollinators. What is more, the best flowers have the best genes, and, when picked, unfortunately won’t be passed on to next generations.
8. Pay special attention to recycling of garbage.
Some individuals behave like that boy from a well-known fairytale who left a trail of sweets wraps behind. Perhaps they are afraid to get lost and so mark their path (which is actually very visible without those marks), leaving cigarette packs, plastic bags of all sorts, and similar disgraces. Pack out your waste!
9. Some individuals behave like that boy from a well-known fairytale who left a trail of sweets wraps behind. Perhaps they are afraid to get lost and so mark their path (which is actually very visible without those marks), leaving cigarette packs, plastic bags of all sorts, and similar disgraces. Pack out your waste!
Plastic must never be burnt, because during combustion it releases gases into the atmosphere, including carcinogens and other toxic substances, most harmful of which are dioxins. Plastic refuse should be recycled safely. If you leave plastic in nature, it requires lengthy amounts of time to decompose time, because there are no bacteria able to decompose them. Decomposition of glass takes several hundreds of years. Burnt cans buried under the soil rust for decades.
10. How should I wash dishes? Use only natural cleaning agents, such as mustard, soda lye (ashes + water) or baking soda, because soap and washing powders are detergents that change the features of water and, when concentrated, lead to the death of aquatic life.
Water together with creatures living in it make a single system that exists in accordance with its own laws. This system has its an environment favorable for all living things. It contains oxygenating plants, filter-feeding organisms, plants, and animals that provide the ecosystem with food. Destroying this ecosystem with various pollutants, including detergents, damages the water and rendering it unsuitable for future use.
11. Stay on the trail to prevent damage. Do not follow the tracks of other tourists where there is no trail.
Everyone, who has been trekking in taiga, has come across a situation when a narrow well-worn path widens, making up tens of newer, less worn trails. The territory occupied by these new paths increases significantly, thus disturbing the soil, its structure and composition, and decreasing the number of its inhabitants dramatically. Next time when you leave a worn path to find a “better” way, think twice. Ask yourself, if it will really be better for nature, the thing you have come here to enjoy.