Avaste Nature Reserve

Avaste Nature Reserve is a nature reserve situated in western Estonia, to largest extent in Pärnu County.

Avaste nature reserve consists of forests, fens, bogs and meadows. It is centred on Avaste fen, one of the largest fens in Estonia. The flora of the nature reserve includes sweet gale, mud sedge and several species of orchid. Several species of rare or threatened birds furthermore have a habitat in the nature reserve. These include black stork, white-backed woodpecker, northern goshawk, short-eared owl, three species of eagle and others.[1]

A 2.6 km (1.6 mi) long hiking trail runs adjacent to the nature reserve.[2]

Soontagana maalinn 05

Soontagana hill fort

Avaste soo põhjaosa vaated (3)

Avaste Fen

Avaste soo põhjaosa vaated (5)

Avaste Fen

Avaste soo ääreala (5)

Outer part of Avaste Fen

Avaste soo varahommikul (2)

Fen during sunrise

Avaste Nature Reserve
Avaste soo
Map showing the location of Avaste Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Avaste Nature Reserve
LocationEstonia
Nearest cityPärnu
Coordinates58°41′06″N 24°10′02″E / 58.68500°N 24.16722°ECoordinates: 58°41′06″N 24°10′02″E / 58.68500°N 24.16722°E
Area5,226 ha (12,910 acres)

References

  1. ^ "Protected Natural Objects of Pärnu County" (PDF). Estonian Environmental Board. 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Avaste Nature Reserve trail". Romantic Coastline. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
List of protected areas of Estonia

Protected areas in Estonia are national parks, nature reserves and landscape protection areas (nature parks).Estonia has five national parks, 167 nature reserves and 152 landscape conservation areas. In addition, there are 116 (118) protected areas with an old (Soviet-era) protection regulation and 537 parks. In total, 18.1% of Estonia are protected nature areas, with Lääne County having the highest percentage (32%) and Põlva County the lowest percentage of protected areas, about 9%.

Harju
Hiiu
Ida-Viru
Järva
Jõgeva
Lääne
Lääne-Viru
Pärnu
Põlva
Rapla
Saare
Tartu
Valga
Viljandi
Võru

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