Järve tee 8, Ilmatsalu alevik, Tartu
The bird observation tower on the Linnutee hiking trail is located in Kärevere Nature Reserve, which is one of the most visited places among bird enthusiasts. There are over 200 bird species here!
The six-meter observation tower is perfect for admiring birds, their migration, and nesting, as well as the spring floods, and the diverse rivers, meadows, and forests. The purpose of this area is to protect rare species of birds, animals, and plants, as well as their habitats, forest and meadow communities, and inland water bodies. The local protected species include the black stork, the lesser spotted eagle, the white-tailed eagle, several bat species, the asp, the European bullhead, and others.
The bird observation tower is on the Linnutee hiking trail, about 1 km from the start of the trail. To reach the hiking trail, drive to Ilmatsalu settlement, 6 km from Tartu. The marked hiking trail starts at the information stand in the parking lot near the Ilmatsalu reservoir (parking lot of Järve tee 8). From the parking lot, you can move on foot, on a bicycle, on skis, or on a horse.