SPORDIMÄE, Ilmatsalu küla, Tartu
Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve, established in 1994, is one of Estonia's largest protected areas. It is also one of the Natura 2000 protected areas. The lowland is unique thanks to its biodiversity, mire communities, and rivers which provide protection to protected birds and their habitats.
You can access the area from next to the Ilmatsalu fish ponds, where the 'Linnutee' hiking trail of Ilmatsalu-Kärevere also starts. There is a bird observation tower, a classroom, a campfire site, and picnic grounds.
The hiking trail and the surrounding area of the fish ponds are one of the most important stopping places for migrating waterfowl. Up to 200 bird species can be seen there, many of whom are endangered.
When coming from Tartu, drive for 6 km to Ilmatsalu settlement. The marked trail begins at the information stand in the parking lot of the rural municipality government (Järve tee 8) near the Ilmatsalu reservoir. The Ilmatsalu-Kärevere 'Linnutee' hiking trail also begins and ends there.