Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands| 50mins
Director: Michael Schlamberger, Jiri Petr | Producer: Rita Schlamberger
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Austria
In the heart of central Europe there is an extraordinary system of ponds and linking irrigation channels that were built in the Middle Ages. These artificial wetlands in Bohemia, a region in the Czech Republic, have become an essential refuge for wildlife.
Over 150 species of birds breed in this area; there are mammals, like the moose, that are almost no longer found in Europe. These artificial wetlands were constructed in the Middle Ages and today they have become a part of the culture and tradition of the people who still farm them for the carp that were introduced in the 13th Century.
BOHEMIA â€“ A YEAR IN THE WETLANDS explores these man-made wetlands, and shows that wildlife can still exist side by side with sustainable farming.