Linnutee hiking trail, bird observation tower

Järve tee 8, Ilmatsalu alevik, Tartu

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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.

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Open all year round

24 hours

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Getting there

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.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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Peaceful wide fields

A nice small trail with a small tower and few resting places with sitting places. Straight road takes you on a walk next to different small ponds. There are also a few boards with information about...



Great half day hike and picnic

Came by bus from Tartu on a Sunday. Doing the whole trail took about 3 hours with some stops along the way. The view both from the ground and watch tower were lovely. The trail is well taken care of...



Hiking trail near town, ideal for birdwatching

It is easy accessible hiking trail, only 6 km from the town of Tartu. Because of river and large ponds, there are a lot of birds around. We walked during spring season. It was pleasant and easy walk...

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