The nature park "Dviete water-meadows" was established in 2004 in a square area of 4989 ha with an aim to preserve the natural water-meadows. It is a great place for bird watchers and also for fans of beautiful and natural scenery.
Plants and animals
It is a world-scale unique flocking and nesting place for migratory birds where rare, natural and nearly unspoilt water-grasslands serve as a home to a number of rare and protected species of plants and animals in Latvia and Europe.
12 protected plants and animal species have been discovered on the park’s territory, along with more than 40 bird species regarded as especially protected in Latvia and the European Union, and several biotopes under protection.
The whole territory is divided into two sections – the restricted area and the natural park. It contains the amplest water-meadows of the Daugava River. In 2009 the park acquired a bird-watching tower.
Sightworthy in every season
During the spring floods there are thousands of migrating water-birds:
- bean geese;
- white-fronted geese;
In autumn the Augšzeme highland becomes astoundingly rich in colour. One can catch a glimpse of:
- the white heron;
- the grey heron;
- white storks.
Although winter is a relatively silent period it is still possible to see a variety of woodpeckers, partridges and an occasional bird of prey.
Tour along the nature park
Nature park has an information centre which provides data about the natural, cultural and historical riches of the ancient Dviete valley and the overall management of the park.
Other services include guided tours, consultancy on excursion routes and educational seminars. The information centre holds environmental classes where primary school pupils and their teachers are encouraged to explore the nature and the historical development of the Dviete flood-lands.
The ancient Dviete valley is one of the oldest settlement places on the Latvian territory – it was first inhabited already in the late Ice Age ca 11 000 years ago.
The area is also remarkable for its archaeological monuments: the settlement sites of the Stone Age, the late Iron Age and Middle Ages, the settlement mounds of the early Iron Age and late Iron Age graveyards.