European Rewilding Network

River restoration, natural grazing and predation in Ķemeri N.P.

Ķemeri National Park is best known for its unspoilt moorland, but also has large forest massifs lying largely untouched. The valleys of the rivers Lielupe and Slampe are part of the park. In collaboration with the Large Herbivore Foundation and ARK Nature, natural grazing started to ensure the openness of the valley.

Project: River restoration, natural grazing and predation in Ķemeri N.P.
Region: Ķemeri NP
Type of protection: Natura 2000, national park
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow, forest and bog
Keystone species: Wolves and meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Roe deer, Wild Boar, Wolf, Lynx, Fox, Raccoon Dog, Badger, Marten, White-Tailed Eagle
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands, natural forest, natural grazing, predation.
Large continuous self-regulating nature area with a natural river and stream valleys, forests and bogs with processes as flooding, ice, sponginess, natural grazing and predation being fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The N.P. has two areas where natural grazing takes place with Konik horses and Heck cattle. One along the floodplains of the river Lielupe, the other area around the stream of the Slampe river. Especially in the moors area the herds are regularly visited by wolves.
Other activities: Recreational activities, Research
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Large scale contiguous natural areas including a natural river system, forest, bog and meadows, and 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: Ķemeri NP is the first territory in Latvia, where river meandering is combined with the establishment of wild grazing lands. Heck cattle and Konik horses have helped to create natural grasslands and forest pastures. The areas have obtained a higher ecological value of plant and animal diversity and increased in its ecosystem functioning.
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
2005
Size (ha)
500
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Wolf

Ķemeri National Park is best known for its unspoilt moorland, but also has large forest massifs lying largely untouched. The valleys of the rivers Lielupe and Slampe are part of the park. In collaboration with the Large Herbivore Foundation and ARK Nature, natural grazing started to ensure the openness of the valley.

Map
Country
Latvia
Start year
2005
Size (ha)
500
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Wolf
Specification
Project: River restoration, natural grazing and predation in Ķemeri N.P.
Region: Ķemeri NP
Type of protection: Natura 2000, national park
Habitat types: River floodplain meadow, forest and bog
Keystone species: Wolves and meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Roe deer, Wild Boar, Wolf, Lynx, Fox, Raccoon Dog, Badger, Marten, White-Tailed Eagle
Description
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands, natural forest, natural grazing, predation.
Large continuous self-regulating nature area with a natural river and stream valleys, forests and bogs with processes as flooding, ice, sponginess, natural grazing and predation being fully present.
Uniqueness of the project: The N.P. has two areas where natural grazing takes place with Konik horses and Heck cattle. One along the floodplains of the river Lielupe, the other area around the stream of the Slampe river. Especially in the moors area the herds are regularly visited by wolves.
Other activities: Recreational activities, Research
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Large scale contiguous natural areas including a natural river system, forest, bog and meadows, and 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: Ķemeri NP is the first territory in Latvia, where river meandering is combined with the establishment of wild grazing lands. Heck cattle and Konik horses have helped to create natural grasslands and forest pastures. The areas have obtained a higher ecological value of plant and animal diversity and increased in its ecosystem functioning.
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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