European Rewilding Network

Restoring the natural river valley of Dviete

The Dviete valley is a Natura 2000 area of almost 5,000 ha. The area is particularly important for its breeding populations of grassland and marsh birds, and acts as a stopover for migrating geese. Species like snipe, corncrake, lesser spotted eagle and tern are plentiful in the area.

Project: Restoring the natural river valley of Dviete
Region: Dviete
Type of protection: Natura 2000, nature park
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Corncrake, Great snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands and natural river route.
Natural river valley in which natural processes as flooding, ice forming, 'sponginess', natural grazing and predation are fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The Dviete is a tributary of the much larger river Daugava. Particularly during snowmelt in Spring the entire valley is filled with water from the Daugava. Floating ice and prolonged flooding ensure a part of the valley remains free of trees. In its size it is unique for the region.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Sale of sustainable products
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 Latvia 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)
400
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing
Flagship species
Feral horses

The Dviete valley is a Natura 2000 area of almost 5,000 ha. The area is particularly important for its breeding populations of grassland and marsh birds, and acts as a stopover for migrating geese. Species like snipe, corncrake, lesser spotted eagle and tern are plentiful in the area.

Map
Country
Latvia
Start year
2006
Size (ha)
400
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing
Flagship species
Feral horses
Specification
Project: Restoring the natural river valley of Dviete
Region: Dviete
Type of protection: Natura 2000, nature park
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Corncrake, Great snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Description
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands and natural river route.
Natural river valley in which natural processes as flooding, ice forming, 'sponginess', natural grazing and predation are fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The Dviete is a tributary of the much larger river Daugava. Particularly during snowmelt in Spring the entire valley is filled with water from the Daugava. Floating ice and prolonged flooding ensure a part of the valley remains free of trees. In its size it is unique for the region.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Sale of sustainable products
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 Latvia 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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