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Reed and bulrush have spread over huge parts of the flooded former peat extraction places, however, also maintaining rather big water fields. Therefore this is an excellent biotope for water bird nesting as well as a resting place for migrating water birds and wading birds. Take a look at this peculiar cultural landscape.
About the marsh
Nature reserve "Seda marsh" in the biosphere reserve of Northern Vidzeme was established in 1999 with the aim of protecting a territory appropriate for water bird nesting. It includes one of the biggest marshes in Latvia, the reserve itself is one of the biggest in the country – 7240 hectares.
Seda marsh nature reserve is an almost uninhabited territory, however, a peculiar cultural landscape, shaped by the peat extraction fields, reclamation systems and a functioning narrow-gauge railway, has emerged as a result of the peat extraction.
Human actions have considerably changed the flora in the nature reserce. The reserve, mainly in the marshes north of river Seda, has prospects for 10 protected flowering plant species and 7 moss species, the most rare being the type of moss protected across Europe - slender green feather moss.
The trail and bird watching
The current tourism infrastructure includes two bird watching towers at the flooded peat quarries, nature trail and informative stands.
The nature reserve can be accessed by several local roads – from Seda, from motor road A3, as well as from Jerceni, Daksti in Evele parisg and Turna in Ergeme parish.