Northern Bogs

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Northern Bogs

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  • Area: 
    5,318 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    57°58'N 24°51'E
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Northern Bogs (Ziemelu purvi). 31/10/02; Limbazi, Valmiera; 5,318 ha.; 57°58'N 024°50'E. Protected nature area, Biosphere Reserve. The site comprises two large raised bogs which are divided by the border with Estonia. Together with Nigula Nature Reserve in Estonia (Ramsar site no. 910) located 1 km westwards from the Kapzemes bog, the area comprises one of the largest untouched wetland complexes in the Baltic Republics. It supports an appreciable assemblage of rare, vulnerable and endangered species of birds and plants, some of them occurring in great numbers or densities especially during migration. In autumn, at least 10,000 Anser fabalis and A. albifrons are roosting. Breeding species include Circus pygargus, Falco columbianus, Grus grus, Philomachus pugnax. The wetland complex plays an important role as a water storage in stabilising runoff. Land use is essentially berry picking and local fishing. Diminution of agricultural lands outside the wetlands has a negative impact on food availability for some birds and mammals. Various state monitoring programmes are carried out within the complex. Ramsar site no. 1385. Most recent RIS information: 2003.
Transboundary designation: 
Northern Bogs Ramsar Site is part of the "North Livonian" Transboundary Ramsar Site along with Nigula Nature Reserve Ramsar Site (No. 910) and Sookuninga Nature Reserve Ramsar Site (No. 1748) in Estonia, established in 2007.

Administrative region: 
Limbazi, Valmiera

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • protected nature area
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