Films About Mires

The Estonian Fund for Nature presents a 9-episode series of educational films, “(Ad)mire!”, which introduces different aspects of mires in a playful manner. The eye of the camera follows mire enthusiast Siim to several Estonian mires. A geologist, biologist, and archaeologist each share their expert knowledge of peat; we find out why mire water is dark, learn about different plants that can be found in mires, get acquainted with the source of the fear of mires, and get enlightened as to why we must protect and restore mires. Naturally, we learn about mires in general, and the different types of mires.

The educational films are available with Estonian, English, and Russian subtitles. Do the following in order to activate subtitles:

  • Open the video.
  • Click the  button in the bottom right corner of the video to turn on a set of subtitles.
  • Then choose “Subtitles/CC”. A list of all available subtitles to pick from will be displayed.
  • Click  or  in the bottom right corner of the video to turn off subtitles (depending on your Youtube settings).


The main crew of the educational films: Piret Pungas-Kohv (author of the idea, scriptwriter, author of some of the photos); Indrek Kangro (cameraman, director, film editor, graphic designer); Mart Kessel-Otsa and Antti Mäss (sound technicians); Marko Kohv (drone footage, author of some of the photos); Siim Angerpikk (mire enthusiast); Jüri-Ott Salm (assistant); students of Põltsamaa Co-Educational Gymnasium (introductory discussion).

The photos of orchids in “A Walk Through the Different Types of Mires” are by Herdis Fridolin. Mari Tõrv and Ragnar Saage helped write the script of the film about mire archaeology, also providing archaeology-related footage. The Estonian National Museum, the Estonian History Museum, the Archaeological Research Collection of Tallinn University, Andres Kimber, and Ester Oras provided images that were used in the film. The Estonian National Museum and the Centre for Archaeological Research and Infrastructure of Tartu University let the crew use their rooms in the film about mire archaeology. The Estonian Fund for Nature is grateful to everybody who has contributed to the making of the film series!

The educational films have been produced as part of the project “Conservation and Restoration of Mire Habitats” (LIFE 14 NAT/EE/000126), which is supported by the EU LIFE programme and the Estonian Environmental Investment Centre. Tartu University and MTÜ Arheovisioon are partners of the project.