Endla Nature Reserve

Endla Nature Reserve is a nature reserve situated in central Estonia.

Endla Nature Reserve
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Map showing the location of Endla Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Endla Nature Reserve
LocationEstonia
Nearest cityJõgeva
Coordinates58°52′47″N 26°08′25″E / 58.87972°N 26.14028°E / 58.87972; 26.14028Coordinates: 58°52′47″N 26°08′25″E / 58.87972°N 26.14028°E / 58.87972; 26.14028
Area10,110 ha (25,000 acres)
Established1985[1][2]

The Endla nature reserve protects a fresh-water system of mires, bogs, springs and rivulets. As such, it plays an important role in recharging the waters of the Põltsamaa River.[3] The flora is dominated by pine shrubs and reed beds. Several threatened species of orchid can be found in the nature reserve. Rare or threatened birds also use the area as breeding ground. Facilities for visitors include a visitors' centre, towers for bird watching and nature trails.[4]

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  1. ^ Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania Environmental status reports. IUCN East European Programme. 1993. p. 45. ISBN 2831701619.
  2. ^ "The Annotated Ramsar List: Estonia". The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ Wetland Environments: A Global Perspective. John Wiley & Sons. 2012. ISBN 978-1118349533.
  4. ^ "The Annotated Ramsar List: Estonia". The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.