South Estonia

Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve and Ilmatsalu fish ponds

Established in 1994, Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve 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 some of the most important stopping places for migrating waterfowl. Up to 200 bird species can be seen there, many of which are endangered.


South Estonia

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Golfi, Ilmatsalu küla, Tartu linn, Tartu maakond