European Rewilding Network

Natural grazing to restore Pededze valley

Pededze valley is particularly special because of its exceptionally high concentrations of calling corncrake and it serves as a large mating area for snipes. Due to the remoteness of the area it has a rich fauna where the three large predators wolf, lynx and brown bear are part of.

Project: Natural grazing to restore Pededze valley
Region: Pededze
Type of protection: Natura 2000
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Great Snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Type of project: Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands and natural river.
Natural river valley in which natural processes as flooding, ice forming, 'sponginess', natural grazing and predation are fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The valley is secluded and enclosed between Latvia's large forest massifs. This has a particularly strong attraction on wild herbivores that forage in the grassy valley and offers the peace and space for shy species, especially predators like lynx, wolf and brown bear.
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Large scale contiguous natural areas including a natural river system with natural processes such as natural grazing by large herbivores and predation.
Results so far: Natural grazing areas on now 30 (from 20 to 2000 ha) spread across the country combined with small-scale tourism.
Inspirational value: .
Experience you would like to share: Natural grazing, river restoration, local involvement, nature and agriculture, nature education, eco products (wild meat)
Experience you would like to gain: Intensifying relation people and nature
Map
Country
Latvia
Start year
2006
Size (ha)
300
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Feral horses

Pededze valley is particularly special because of its exceptionally high concentrations of calling corncrake and it serves as a large mating area for snipes. Due to the remoteness of the area it has a rich fauna where the three large predators wolf, lynx and brown bear are part of.

Map
Country
Latvia
Start year
2006
Size (ha)
300
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Feral horses
Specification
Project: Natural grazing to restore Pededze valley
Region: Pededze
Type of protection: Natura 2000
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Great Snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Description
Type of project: Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands and natural river.
Natural river valley in which natural processes as flooding, ice forming, 'sponginess', natural grazing and predation are fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The valley is secluded and enclosed between Latvia's large forest massifs. This has a particularly strong attraction on wild herbivores that forage in the grassy valley and offers the peace and space for shy species, especially predators like lynx, wolf and brown bear.
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Large scale contiguous natural areas including a natural river system with natural processes such as natural grazing by large herbivores and predation.
Results so far: Natural grazing areas on now 30 (from 20 to 2000 ha) spread across the country combined with small-scale tourism.
Exchange
Inspirational value: .
Experience you would like to share: Natural grazing, river restoration, local involvement, nature and agriculture, nature education, eco products (wild meat)
Experience you would like to gain: Intensifying relation people and nature
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