Matsalu National Park and Nature Centre

The area of Matsalu National Park is 48,610 hectares, and it was created to protect the nesting, moulting and migrating birds.
In 1976, Matsalu National Park was included to the list of wetlands of international importance under Ramsar convention.
The national park encompasses Matsalu Bay, the lower course of the River Kasari, coastal reeds, the flooded meadows of the River Kasari, coastal pastures, wooded meadows, and about 50 islands. There are many nature trails and 7 birdwatching towers in Matsalu.

Visitor Centre of the National Park is in Lihula, in the renovated Penijõe manor. The Nature Centre hosts an exhibition and has a classroom for nature education.

The area of Matsalu National Park is 48,610 hectares, and it was created to protect the nesting, moulting and migrating birds.
In 1976, Matsalu National Park was included to the list of wetlands of international importance under

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  • Beautiful area - rich in birds and mammals

    Stunning area. Beautiful (flat) scenery, wonderful bird life and mammals, almost deserted of people by West European standards. Facilities for wildlife watchers (even in the middle of nowhere) were...

  • Estonia's most famous birding site

    This is Estonia's best known birding locality which covers a substantial area of the central west coast. It's famous for large numbers of several species of ducks and geese. Accessing the area to get...

  • Amazing birdwatching experience

    Matsalu National Park is one of the biggest bird habitats in Europe. First we visited the cultural center and watched a photo collage about different times of year. The we took the guided boat tour...


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