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BEARS & ORCHIDS

 
 
An 5-day fully-inclusive holiday in focusing on Brown Bear tracking and watching and wild flowers (especially orchids – 36 species of Orchids have been found in Estonia!)

Price: 1095 € pp.

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Programme can be viewed when choosing Tour dossier from the right menu.

See the Brown Bear watching video...

See the Estonian orchids gallery...

See the Hiiumaa island orchids gallery...

See orchids gallery...

Estonia is a small country with wonderful wildlife and a huge species list. Forests cover about 50% of the country and wetland habitats are well represented by over 1,400 lakes, numerous bogs and many rivers, which together comprise a wonderful mosaic of aquatic environments for a great diversity of wildlife. Many of the coastal areas were closed to the public during soviet occupation and remained untouched today. The 3,794 km of coastline is studded with over 1,500 islands and islets of varying sizes whilst the mainland is indented by numerous bays, straits, and inlets. This rich variety has drawn plants and animal species from both Siberia and also the warmer regions of southern Europe, with many species reaching their respective western or northern extremities of range within Estonia.
Estonia is in naturally a multiple border country. Placed between a continental and a marine climate we have a temperate climate while across the whole of Estonia is a border between limestone and poorer sandstone rocks. In addition we are located at the southern border of the coniferous forest zone, but broad-leaved forest is also here as well as coastal cliffs, dunes, sand and stone beaches. Estonian forests are renowned in Europe for their healthy populations of mammals with around 700-800 Lynx, over 150 Wolves, 500-600 Brown Bears and almost 20,000 Beavers – tremendous numbers for such a small country. In all, sixty-four species of mammals have been recorded in Estonia including several European rarities, the most endagered examples being the European Mink, several species of dormouse and the Flying Squirrel.
Estonia’s flora is comprised of about 1440 species of vascular plants, 550 species of mosses, 800 species of lichens and 3000 species of algae. 36 species of Orchids have been found in Estonia.

 
 
Period:
Wed 12th Jun - Sun 16th Jun 2017 
Mon 11th Jun - Fri 15th Jun 2018
Group size:
6/8 pax
Grading:
Day walks only, for all ages
Leader:
Peeter Vissak
Accommodation:
Comfortable hotels with private facilities
Food:
Restaurants and local farms
Extensions:
Cultural/sightseeing extensions available on request

 



 Lady´s slippers / Neil Aldridge

 Brown Bear / Agris Krusts

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn, to Haapsalu
Day 2 Hiiumaa island
Day 3 To North-East Estonia; Bear hide
Day 4 Alutaguse forests; alternative overnight in Bear hide
Day 5 To Tallinn, departure...

 

Highlights

Orchids: Common Spotted (Dactylorhiza fuchii), Early Marsh (Dactylorhiza incarnata), Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp.cruenta, Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp.ochroleuca (maybe), Heath Spotted (Dactylorhiza maculata), Southern Marsh (Dactylorhiza praetermissa -difficult!), Narrow-leaved Marsh (Dactylorhiza russowii), Pyramidal (Anacamptis pyramidalis – maybe), Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia), Red Helleborine (Cephalanthera rubra), Coral Root (Corallorhiza trifida – maybe), Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus), Creeping Lady’s Tresses (Goodyera repens), Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea), Musk Orchid (Herminium monorchis), Bog Orchid (Hammarbya paludosa - difficult!), Fen Orchid (Liparis loeselii), Lesser Twayblade (Listera cordata – maybe), Common Twayblade (Listera ovata), Birds Nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis), Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) etc.
Butterflies: Lapland Ringlet, Frigga´s Fritillary, Bog Fritillary, Cranberry Blue, Eastern Baton Blue, Clouded Apollo (probably), Poplar Admiral, Olive Skipper, Woodland Brown, Large Chequered Skipper etc.
Mammals: Brown Bear, Red Fox, Roe Deer, Raccoon Dog (probably), Elk & Wild Boar (probably), Red Deer (propably) etc.
Birds: Eurasian White Stork, Black Stork, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Corncrake, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse etc.


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