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Nigula Nature Reserve
Nigula Nature Reserve
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Vilsandi National Park

Vilsandi National Park

The first protected area in the Baltic countries, Vilsandi National Park, is located near the western coast of Saaremaa. The Vaika islands near Vilsandi, rich in bird species, were designated as a protected area already at the beginning of the 20th century. The territory of the protected area has increased over the years and in 1993 a national park was established here. In 1997, Vilsandi National Park was designated as a wetland of international importance. The National Park encompasses Vilsandi Island, the western coast of Saaremaa and approximately 160 small islands with total area of 182 square km (of which the sea area forms 105 square km). In addition to its original objective, i.e. protection of bird species, the current task of the National Park is also to preserve coastal and sea landscapes and species-rich vegetation of West Estonia. More than 250 bird species have been registered in the National Park, of which 112 species breed. Eiders are the most numerous (more than 4000 pairs). During the migration period, flocks consisting of thousands of birds (barnacle geese, eiders and other waterfowl) use the area as a stopping rest site.
Breeding;-Common Crane (Grus grus), Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis), Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia), Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) pictured, with passage and non-breding Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), and Common Merganser (Mergus merganser).
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