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MATSALU - A PARADISE FOR BIRDS!

 
A 5-day short break in Matsalu National Park focusing on the spectacular landscapes, migrating and breeding birds

Price: 855 € pp. 

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

Matsalu National Park covers 486 square kilometers and is one of the most important bird wetlands in Europe. It boasts plenty of habitats suitable for use as staging posts or for breeding, including one of Europe´s largest wet meadow and 3,000 hectares of reedbeds, and the shallow, brackish, nutrient-rich waters of the Matsalu Bay which has a 165-kilometre coastline. It is not surprising that avian diversity is unequalled in northern Europe in spring and autumn. And it is easy to see why more than 170 species breed here – and why the north European day-list record of 194 was set in this region in May 2007.

 

Period:
Mon 15th May - Fri 19th May 2017
Mon 11th Sep - Fri 15th Sep 2017
Mon 14th May - Fri 18th May 2018
Group size:
6/7 pax
Grading:
Day walks only, for all ages
Leader:
Local guide
Accommodation:
Comfortable hotels with private facilities
Food:
Restaurants and local farms
Extensions:
Cultural/sightseeing extensions available on request

 



Black Stork / Sven Zacek
 Barnacle Geese / Toomas Tuul

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn, to Matsalu
Day 2/3 Matsalu National Park
Day 4 Leidissoo, Nõva & Haapsalu
Day 5 Departure


         

Highlights:
Birds in spring: Bittern, Black Stork, peak spring migration of waterfowls, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Corncrake, Whimbrel, White-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Savi´s Warbler, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole etc.
Birds in autumn: Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Eurasian Crane (thousands), White-fronted Geese and Bean Geese, tens of thousands of Barnacle Geese, peak autumn migration of songbirds, waders and waterfowls, Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse (probably), woodpeckers, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bearded Tit, Lapland Bunting etc.

Mammals: Wild Boar & Raccoon Dog, Red Fox, Elk, Roe deer, European Beaver etc.
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