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Conservation Facts

strong>Population: 3.6 million
Total Area: 65.200 km2
Population density: 55 per km2
Protected Area: 12%
National Parks: 5
“NATURA 2000” sites: 267
Largest Nature reserve: Dzukija National Park 559 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Mark Hamblin

Lithuania Galleries

It may be hard to imagine for citizens of Western or Central Europe that there are countries on our continent with the size of Ireland but a mere 3,5 million inhabitants. Lithuania is one of these, where traditional farming, extensive use of land, marshes, bogs and pasture land, deep forests and tranquil lakes are just very normal sights. Plus, the country features a National Park that preserves a natural monument that many Europeans will know – the Curonian spit.

With almost 100km of dunes along and reaching out into the sea this landmark of the Baltic is one of the most dynamic terrestrial habitats in Europe. Heaps of sand, some of them more than 67 meters high shift and shape and reinvent themselves under the sculpturing forces of the wind, the waves – and man. Although most of the dunes in the park are now covered by pine trees, some places remain where visitors can admire the bare parabolic shapes of what they looked like a hundred years ago.
Nearly 12% of the country are protected areas, one of them Aukštaitija National Park, which boasts with 59% of the country’s native plant species. Watching closely, visitors may spot the leafless Ghost orchid in the woods of the park or the Water lobelia or the Flecked Marsh orchid in May and June, all of them Red List species of the country. With Merlins and the wonderful Black-throated divers the area also holds some Northern species, which add even more exotic flavour to the park’s other rarities like Capercaillies, Great snipes and Three-toed woodpeckers.
Like in the other two Baltic states, a kayak or canoe offers superb possibilities to watch Lithuania’s nature up close and personal: beavers, which have been re-introduced in the late 20ies, White-tailed Sea Eagles, Ospreys and maybe even River otters, which can be seen in the lakes of Žemaitija National Park. The deep waters of the park’s biggest lake, Lake Plateliai, hold a stock of some endangered Salmonid fish species like the rare European Cisco (Coregonus albula) and the European Whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus holsatus).
And not to forget the country’s national bird, the White Stork. Some of the 14.000 pairs breeding in Lithuania were also one of the targets for our photographer, Mark Hamblin.