European Rewilding Network

Wetlands of Engures Ezers with natural grazing

Engures Ezers is especially important as breeding area for wetland and grassland birds and as resting area for migratory birds. Together with ARK Nature, natural grazing started to guarantee the openness of the wet meadows.

Project: Wetlands of Engures Ezers with natural grazing
Region: Engures Ezers
Type of protection: Natura 2000, nature park
Habitat types: (lagoon) lake floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Corncrake, Great Snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands, swamps and dunes.
Large continuous self-regulating nature area with natural grazed marshes and dunes, and predation.
Uniqueness of the project: The lake has extensive shallow wetlands with many small and larger islands. In the growing season, herds of Konik horses and cattle wade kilometers through the marshes in search of food, such as reed shoots.
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
2002
Size (ha)
500
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Feral horses

Engures Ezers is especially important as breeding area for wetland and grassland birds and as resting area for migratory birds. Together with ARK Nature, natural grazing started to guarantee the openness of the wet meadows.

Map
Country
Latvia
Start year
2002
Size (ha)
500
Area type
Wetlands
Natural process
Flooding, Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Feral horses
Specification
Project: Wetlands of Engures Ezers with natural grazing
Region: Engures Ezers
Type of protection: Natura 2000, nature park
Habitat types: (lagoon) lake floodplain meadow
Keystone species: Corncrake, Great Snipe, meadow dependent species
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, Red Deer, Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eagle
Description
Aim and vision: Restoration of natural wetland grasslands, swamps and dunes.
Large continuous self-regulating nature area with natural grazed marshes and dunes, and predation.
Uniqueness of the project: The lake has extensive shallow wetlands with many small and larger islands. In the growing season, herds of Konik horses and cattle wade kilometers through the marshes in search of food, such as reed shoots.
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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