Matsalu National Park

Matsalu National Park in Western Estonia was, first and foremost, founded to protect the wild birds there and it is of great interest to friends of ornithology.





Location

Lääne County

Attraction

Numerous bird species, varied communities, cultural heritage objects

Activities

Hiking tours on foot and by bicycle, bird-watching, nature education

Information

RMK information point in the Matsalu National Park centre

 

Tel: +372 472 4236

 

E-mail: matsalu.looduskeskus@rmk.ee

 

address Penijõe Manor, Lihula Rural Municipality, Lääne County

 

Open from 15 April till 1 October on workdays from 9.00-17.00, on weekends from 10.00-18.00, during the off-season period, with an advance notice, from 9.00-17.00

Visit organiser

RMK

Manager of the protected area

Hiiu-Lääne-Saare region of the Environmental Board

Matsalu National Park was founded to protect the numerous nesting, moulting and migratory birds there. The surface area of the protected area is 486.1 km² and it includes Matsalu Bay, the section of Väinamere around the mouth of the bay, the lower course of the Kasari River, bay and river shore canebrakes, the flooding meadow of the Kasari River, inshore pastures, wood meadows and about 50 sea islands. The numbers registered in the national park are 282 bird, 49 fish and 47 mammal species, and 772 species of vascular plants.

RMK is the organiser of visits to Matsalu National Park since February 2009.