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Engures ezers Nature Park
On the Kurzeme gulf coast - lakeside, lies one Latvia’s largest nature parks - a paradise for birds with almost all migrating species of Latvia converging on this locale. Also, a wide variety of wild animals spend their days in Engure’s meadows. Summertime is the time of the gorgeous orchids - and they alone are well worth the visit.
Bird-watching Days are family fun
Engure Lake is on the list of locales where the Latvian Ornithology Society holds one of its major events - Bird-watching Days (annually in April and October).
Observation towers have been erected at the lake, perfect for viewing the avian world, unspoiled scenery and wildlife.
Wild animals for you to see
Grazing the lakeside meadows are Latvian Brown, Highland, Hereford and Charolais cows, and Polski and Konik horses.
Stroll down the Pathway of Orchids
The Pathway of Orchids (Latvian: Orhideju taka) is 3.5 km in length. It begins at the Engure Ornithological Research Center and winds through calcified bogs, wooded areas and even further along the revitalized lakeside meadow, inhabited by cattle and horses. The season for this stroll is the end of June, early July.
Cycle ‘round Engure Lake
This is not the easiest 65 km long trek due to the terrain, but here is the marked route: Engure - Bērzciems - Mērsrags - Ķūļciems - Ezermuiža - Engure. The path through the pine tree forest is sandy in spots but the west side of the lake has often problematic gravel. The negatives here are dashed away by the positives: outdoor enjoyment provided by the lake and the invigorating sea air.
Flora and fauna in “Engures ezers” Nature Park
Seahawks, Eagle owls, corn-crakes, White herons are just some of the rare - and dying-out, species of birds that make their home here. The coastline meadows at Mērsrags are popular with the larger waders, are a key nesting place for waterfowl, also for rest periods while in transit flying south. The rural retreat for the Biology Institute’s Ornithology Laboratory is located on the shores of Engure for over 40 years, with the scientists busily conducting their research and providing tagging rings for the species nesting there.
The damp marshlands at Nature Park “Engures ezers” are simply ideal for an exquisite wild orchid; here their variety numbers 22! The extremely rare Ophrys insectifera L., for example, is found only in Kurzeme.