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Conservation Facts

strong>Population: 1.4 million
Total Area: 45.226 km2
Population density: 31 per km2
National Parks: 5
“NATURA 2000” sites: 497
Largest Nature reserve: Laheema National Park 725 km2

Resident Photographers:

Sven Začek

Visiting Photographers:

Lassi Rautiainen

Estonia Galleries

Located at the Eastern end of the Baltic Sea, bordering Russia in the East and Latvia in the South, Estonia is the smallest of the three Baltic states. However, the country has an amazing array of natural habitats leaving plenty of room for wildlife from bears and lynx to elusive Great Snipes and thousands of migrating birds.
Estonia’s 1.500 islands make up for 10% of the country’s surface, creating a stunning coastline of almost 3800 km with hundreds of shallow bay and lagoons, which are especially attractive to migrating waterfowl in winter and spring but also to a very diverse range of breeding birds. More than 350 species have been recorded in Estonia. One of the breeding birds is the Great Snipe, an endangered species in most countries of its natural range, but still present in Estonia’s Matsalu Bay National Park, famous among birdwatcher from all over the world.
On the mainland, the “land” consists of numerous bogs and swamps with more than 1.000 lakes – an ideal habitat for European Cranes, Golden-Eyes, Beavers, Otters and other wildlife.
As almost one third of the population of 1.4 million Estonians live in Tallinn, the capital, large parts of the country are rarely disturbed or visited by man. 10% of the country’s natural habitats are protected, five of them with the status of a National Park, more than half of the surface is forested, mainly by spruce and pine.
The shallow brackish coastal waters between Estonia’s three biggest islands, Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Muhu are a very important breeding and feeding area for many of the Baltic Sea’s freshwater and marine fish species. Being so prolific also means that tens of thousands of Arctic geese, ducks and swans benefit from the area as an important wintering ground in the Baltic from September until April making it a hotspot on the Eastern Palearctic Flyway.