Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve and Ilmatsalu fish ponds

Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve and Ilmatsalu fish ponds

SPORDIMÄE, Ilmatsalu küla, Tartu

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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.

Times and prices
Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
  • Camping area

Getting there

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.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Bus: Ilmatsalu
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