The president of Estonia visited the mire restoration areas and new trail


The team of the LIFE Mires Estoniahas the pleasure and honour to report that the president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and her staff found an opportunity to visit the mires being restored on the initiative of the Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF), and the recently completed Tudu educational trail. If one were to set up […]

Capercaillie camera 2020


Text: Triin Leetmaa, Urmas Sellis, Andres Kalamees Photos: Fleur, Elina Mélet-Garel, Andres Kalamees, Urmas Sellis livestream | news | forum The Capercaillie lek camera was installed in cooperation between Eagle Club and Birdlife Estonia in Lääne-Virumaa Tudusoo SPA. Nine displaying male capercaillies were counted in this lek in 2019. Hopefully, we will be able to verify that […]

Oandu põlevkivikaevanduse kavandamine Sirtsi lka kõrvale


VKG Kaevandused OÜ kaevandamisloa taotluse alusel algatas keskkonnaamet Oandu kaevanduse keskkonnamõju hindamise (KMH). Eesti Keskkonnaühenduste Koda, mille liige on ka Eestimaa Looduse Fond, esitas seisukohad ja ettepanekud KMH programmile. Kuna tööd võivad mõjutada ka sootaastamistööde tulemuslikkust Sirtsi looduskaitsealal, aitasime omalt poolt kaasa ettepanekute koostamisel. Taotletav kaevandusala asukoht on esitatud alloleval joonisel (pärineb KMH dokumentidest). Eesti […]

Video coverage of a LIFE for MIRES project study trip to Estonia


In September 2019, LIFE for MIRES Czech Republic team visited two affiliated LIFE teams, engaged in mire restoration in Estonia and Latvia. There were lots of topics to be discussed and treated, like mutual presentation of restoration methods applied respectively and effective public communication.

New article about amphibians’ reproduction sites in protected sites and commercial forests


This summer an article about amphibians’ reproduction sites in protected sites and commercial forests, where the authors also used data from the Estonian Fund for Nature mire restoration project sites was published. The authors of the article “Amphibians in drained forest landscapes: Conservation opportunities for commercial forests and protected sites” are Liina Remm, Maarja Vaikre, Riinu Rannap and […]

Nitrogen-rich organic soils under warm well-drained conditions are global nitrous oxide emission hotspots


Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas and the main driver of stratospheric ozone depletion. Since soils are the largest source of N2O, predicting soil response to changes in climate or land use is central to understanding and managing N2O. Here we find that N2O flux can be predicted by models incorporating soil nitrate […]

National Geographic writes about mire restoration in Estonia!


National Geographic: Tiny Country Cuts Carbon Emissions by Planting Bogs TUDU, ESTONIA What looks like a typical Northern European forest of scrubby Scotch pine, blueberry bushes, and ferns, about 15 miles inland from the Baltic Sea, turns out on closer inspection to be a  peat bog —one that’s been drained and mined. A 10-foot-deep drainage ditch, now covered […]

Gallery: field trip and conference in Latvia


A group of Estonians took part of the International Conference “Conservation and Management of Wetland Habitats” and field trips in Latvia that took place July 2017. Here is a small gallery of the events by Marko Kohv :     Find more pictures here:

National Geographic: Tiny Country Cuts Carbon Emissions by Planting Bogs


National Geographic gives a brief overview on how the bogs are restored in Estonia. Read more HERE!

Status of mires in European Red List of Habitats


Based on the first ever European Red List of Habitats review mires are amongst most threatened terrestrial and freshwater habitats.  The highest percentage of threatened types (categories Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable) was found amongst mires and bogs (85% in the EU28, 54% in the EU28+), followed by grasslands (53%, 49%), freshwater habitats (46%, 38%) and coastal habitats (45%, 43%). Just another […]