Gulf of Finland - Management of wetlands along the Gulf of Finland migratory flyway
The main project objective was to establish a functional network of Natura 2000 wetland areas and to secure favourable conservation status for wetland species mentioned in the Birds and Habitats Directives, by restoration and management of 12 wetlands along the northern coast of the Gulf of Finland flyway. Through the project management plans were drafted and approved for all project areas (covering 3 353 ha in total) and a number of restoration activities took place. The long-term management of the pastures is secured through agri-environmental support agreements made with local farmers. The water vegetation was removed and dredged and the mosaic structure of wetlands was increased. The project redirected and branched ditches and created canals to improve the moisture conditions of wetlands. Additionally, 40 small ponds were created and an old dumpsite was restored and landscaped. The project actively developed nature education about wetlands and organized excursions for pupils and the public and education material for schools. To enhance the recreational use of the project areas, 14 bird watching sites were added, as well as car parks, nature trails and general information boards.