Welcome to the Estonian Nature Tours Birdfair Special Newsletter. It is distributed to our professional co-operation partners, bird societies and magazines and also individual clients all over the world. The newsletter concentrates on marketing of new products in sustainable and birdwatching tourism developed by Estonian Nature Tours.

Who is Estonian Nature Tours?
Birdfair Special.
BOOK NOW! Explore Estonia in Autumn 2009.
Why Estonia?
Some interesting facts.
TOP 10 client comments.

Travel & more
Nature videos
Birdwatcing in estonia

Who is Estonian Nature Tours?

Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) is a ground tour organiser specialized in Birdwatching and Botanical Tours. Our individual and specialised approach to tourism was developed over a number of years of organising local travel services in Matsalu National Park, before broadening our operations in the spring of 2003 to include visits to a wide variety of nature reserves throughout Estonia. Our mission is to introduce the natural heritage preserved by moderate human activity, to encourage ecological thinking and awareness of nature and to improve local tourist services. Also, ENT has been a pioneer in developing nature and bird tourism all over Estonia. In the autumn of 2007, we introduced our new offering, “Estonia in Early Spring”, which has proved very popular among our clients. In spring 2008, our oldest tour, „Estonia in Spring“, was accredited with the brand EHE (Quality System Pure and Interesting Estonia). In autumn of 2008 we came out with tours for individual tourists. ENT supports the yearly Young Conservationist Award through independent NGO Estonian Fund for Nature and also Matsalu Nature Film Festival.

Birdfair Special

The 2009 Birdfair will take place in Rutland on 21, 22 & 23 August. Estonian Nature Tours will participate in this event as an exhibitor for second time. You will find us at Marquee 5 Stand 28. Our exhibition stand will be illustrated by professional photos of famous nature photographer in Estonia Sven Zacek.

ENT exhibition stand at the Birdfair 2008
Photo: Tarvo Valker


On Saturday, 22nd August, 5.00-5.20PM, in Lecture Marquee 2, Tarvo Valker, the president of the Bird Club of Lääne County, will make a presentation called “Estonia – a shelter for Western Taiga Forest birds”.
Estonian Western Taiga forests in North-Europe stand out with their extraordinary richness in species. Here the strong breeding populations of wildfowl make the region even more distinguished. One of the most vivid indicators of diversity are definately woodpeckers. Although Estonia is a small country by area (compared with Poland, Sweden and Finland), the breeding population of White-backed Woodpeckers in Estonia is 2000-3000 pairs and their number rises. Read more…

Western Taiga Forest in Estonia
Photo: Mati Kose

Three-toed Woodpecker
Photo: Sven Zacek

How does Estonia look through British birdwatcher`s eyes? For the first time the Birdfair 2009 will give you a good answer. Roy Atkins, tour leader for Speyside Wildlife, has done several trips to Estonia and will make a presentation called „Estonia – a little country with a big birdlist“ on Saturday 22nd August at 4.30-4.50PM, in Lecture Marquee 1. Many British birders know very little about what Estonia is like and what the country has to offer for the birder so this talk will look at habitats, the best time of year to visit and some of the exciting birds to look out for if you go.

Steller´s Eider is easily observed in their grounds in Estonia
Photo: Jari Peltomäki

For tour operators and private clients, Estonian Nature Tours has developed new packages, which will be presented for the first time at the Birdfair.

Wildlife Holidays

A 9-day holiday is focused in search of breeding birds, butterflies and wild flowers of Estonia. We have realized that Estonia with its unique geographical location has many interesting butterfly species which are rare or not presented at all in many other European countries. The tour will produce butterflies like Baltic Grayling (Oeneis jutta), Lapland Ringlet (Erebia embla – when you have luck!), Scarce Heath (Coenonympha hero), Scarce Fritillary (Euphydryas maturna), Frigga´s Fritillary (Boloria frigga), Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia), Geranium Argus (Aricia eumedon), Cranberry Blue (Plebejus optilete), Eastern Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes vicrama), Moorland Clouded Yellow (Colias palaeno), Clouded Apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne – when you have luck!), Olive Skipper (Pyrgus serratulae), Amanda´s Blue (Polyommatus amandus), Nickerl´s Fritillary (Mellicta aurelia), Woodland Brown (Lopinga achine), Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glycerion), Large Chequered Skipper (Heteropterus morpheus) etc.etc. We will visit rare habitats like coastal and wooded meadows and limestone pavements with it unique plants – 36 different Orchids, Siberian Iris, Sundews, Lesser Twayblade etc.etc.

Lady`s Slipper
Photo: Anneli Palo

Photo: Sven Zacek


Exciting birds we will look out for include Bittern, Eurasian White Stork, Black Stork, White-tailed Eagle, Corncrake, White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Citrine Wagtail, Savi`s Warbler, Crested Tit, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole etc.

Mammal Safaries

We will be delighted to present a totally new opportunity in Estonia from the year 2010 –Mammal safaries offered in March and April and focused on the forest birds as well as mammals like Wild Boar, Elk, Roe Deer and Red Fox, Beaver and Brown Bear. Estonian forests are renowned in Europe for their rare mammals with 700-800 Lynxes, over 150 Wolves, 500-600 Brown Bears and almost 20 000 Beavers quite astonishing for such a small territory. And the Flying Squirrel is the pride of Estonian forests – in Europe they can only be found in Estonia and Finland.

Photo: Toomas Tuul

Photo: Mati Kose

Ural Owl
Photo: Sven Zacek

Brown Bear Photography

Estonian Nature Tours proudly presents the first Brown Bear feeding site in North-East Estonia established in 2009. There is a photography hide next to a feeding place giving the opportunity to get very close shots on Brown Bears. The surrounding atmosphere is superb for taking high quality photos – spruce forest with some fallen trees. The light conditions are good since the hide is situated at the edge of a clearing. Estonian nature photographers have already taken several high quality photos from the hide, sometimes even Wolf appear!

Brown Bear near the feeding place
Photo: Jarek Jõepera

For friendly, expert advice, visit us at the Birdfair, Marquee 5 Stand 28!

BOOK NOW! Explore Estonia in Autumn 2009

Interest in ENT birding tours is increasing by degrees. More and more of our trips will be filled by European tour operators and with pleasure, we are continiously ready to offer specially organized trips for private groups and individual travellers as well. We can now offer, for the first time, individual bookings on our fully-inclusive birding holidays. International group size will be a maximum of 16 people. All you have to do is get yourself to Tallinn Airport (or Tallinn Port) where our local guide will meet you.

Explore Estonia already in Autumn 2009! Special Birdfair price 895 Euro per person.

Click here and see the tour dossier.

Apply directly to us and BOOK HERE !

Photo: Arne Ader

Other programmes and special Birdfair prices for groups can be viewed when clicking here... Discount does not apply to earlier booked trips and Tailor-made holidays.

See also for a selection of Birdwatching & Botanical tours available for year 2010 clicking Tour calendar.

For friendly, expert advice, visit us at the Birdfair, Marquee 5 Stand 28!

Why Estonia?

10 Good Reasons to Visit Estonia:

Flocks of Steller´s Eider in their wintering grounds
8 species of Woodpeckers
Atmospheric pine forests - habitat of Ural and Pygmy Owls
Black Stork, Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie and Nutcracker
Traditional landscapes and 36 species of Orchids
Brown Bears, Wolves, Lynxes, European Beavers and Flying Squirrel
Wonderful network of unspoilt wetland habitats, a lot of open space and silence
Massive assemblies of migrating waterbirds from the Arctic
„International Crane Assembly“ – unforgettable experience
Small region with huge birdlist, friendly people and wonderful local food

Some interesting facts about Estonia

  • Estonia stretches 350 km from east to west and 240 km from north to south.
  • Sea islands form one tenth and lakes about one twentieth of Estonia's territory.
  • Forests and woodlands cover almost half of the Estonian territory.
  • Total area of Estonian fens and bogs is about 140 000 ha.
  • With an area of 45 000 sq. km, Estonia is larger for example than Slovenia, Holland, Denmark or Switzerland.
  • Conversely, Estonia's population ranks amongst the smallest in the world: as of January 2000, an estimated 1 361 242 people live in Estonia — a density of only 30.2 people per sq. km.
  • 700-800 Lynxes, over 150 Wolves, 500-600 Brown Beras, almost 20 000 Beavers are beyond doubt excellent numbers for such a small territory.
  • Compared with Poland, four times as many Ural Owls and six times as many White-backed Woodpeckers breed in Estonia.

Total area of Estonian fens and bogs is about 140 000 ha
Photo: Peeter Vissak


TOP 10 client comments

“I want to thank you again for the wonderful guidance during our splendid vacation in Estonia! We had such a wonderful time with you and Are. I wish you all a great future in "Naturetours"; I have been talking to friends in France, they want to see my film and pictures, they can not believe all we did see and heard, they are absolutely jealous! What a wonderful trip, what a wonderful country, what a great organisation! Please thank all your team members, that made this trip into such a success!” A.L / Spring 2009 SNP /

"I wanted to thank you, on behalf of all our group members, for arranging such a marvellous holiday for us. Our accomondation was perfect, the food was delicious (everyone loved the soup at lunchtime) and just the right amount. It was lovely to be able to visit the communities to have our food in their village halls. We had the very best guide Mikko and we will never be able to thank him enough for finding all the birds and animals we wanted to see. There will never be such a lucky group as ours I think to see Steller`s Eider so close! I hope that your groups enjoy their visits as much as we did. We will certainly be encouraging our friends to visit Estonia." P.R. / Spring 2009 Private Group /

"A simple list of what we saw last year doesn't do justice to the memories: brilliant views of all seven species of woodpecker in one morning; face to face views of Ural Owl; frame filling views of Nutcracker; Waxwing, Bearded and Penduline Tit just a few feet away; dancing Common Cranes; the tight pack of 300 Steller's Eiders looking great despite being distant; identifying animal tracks left in the snow ... all wonderful memories, I for one won't forget." R.Atkins / Spring 2008 Speyside Wildlife /

"I must have done some ten to twelve natural history holidays in Britains or abroad and have to say that this was the best. We were extremely lucky with the weather, which obviously makes it more pleasant to walk around and I love Estonia with its wildness - lakes, woods, marshes and bogs and its long coastline. In the week we had good experience of them all, seeing lots of species as we went along...We were exceptionally lucky in both our tour leader and our local guide. Gerald is obviously a very experienced leader who creates a relaxed atmosphere at the same time as being very serious when it comes to the actual excursions. This combination meant that we could have a really good timw, but see and learn a lot. He has a tremendous knowledge of birds, but also of mammals and butterflies and moths. His general all round knowledge makes it much more interesting. He also deals effectively with people...you feel that he is completely in control and would deal with any situation. To get the balance of good fun, seriousness and competence is not easy. Yet Gerald managed to combine all three exceptionally well. Mati gave us a feel for his country. He explained some of its history and took us to a good selection of sights, so I came away with a feeling that I wanted to know more about it. I enjoyed his sense of humour and learnt a lot from him. I loved eating with local people as it meant we got a taste of real Estonian food, not just the hotel variety - which was also very good. Obviously, I go on your holidays because I enjoy bird watching, but I am interested in all aspects of Natural History and when I got to a new country I like to learn as much as possible about their country - its history, culture, politics...This holiday has fulfilled all aspects. I certainly want to return to Estonia and if the trip is run by Gerald and Mati, so much the better. I want to congratulate you on choosing two such intelligent, knowledgeable and competent guides who, at the same time, are extremely nice people."C.P. / Spring 2007 Naturetrek /




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