Work to restore Lake Pape’s habitats is also taking place during the winter

29. February, 2016

During the first two months of this year, despite unfavourable weather conditions, work to restore Lake Pape’s habitats has continued in Pape Nature Park. This work involves the felling of bushes and trees and the mowing of reeds in dense reed beds, as well as on the islands on the lake. The work carried out spans an area of 60 ha. This work mowing reeds and felling trees has taken place to reduce the overgrowth of the lake, thus ensuring the renewal of biological diversity. Likewise, fragmentation of reed beds, mowing of corridors and the eradication of overgrowth on the islands make the lake environment more attractive for local residents and visitors. 

 

Mowing of reeds and felling of bushes and trees on Lake Pape, as well as on its islands, is being actively carried out for the second year in a row. These jobs are being done, in accordance with Pape Nature Park’s Environmental Protection Plan for 2007– 2018, as well as the action plan for the protection of the  Eurasian bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and the conservation of its habitats on Lake Pape, which is part of Pape Nature Park. The population of the Eurasian bittern, the quality of its habitat and its nutritional options (fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates) define the ecological state of the lake. Therefore, the successful implementation of the action plan for the protection of the Eurasian bittern and the conservation of its habitat will also lead to the preservation of the biological diversity of Lake Pape as a whole.

 

Mowing of reeds and felling of bushes and trees on the lake’s islands will be carried out by 15 March when the seasonal ban on work in the lake area comes into force.

 

Pape Nature Park was established in 2003 to protect a unique complex of wetlands of international importance, as well as nesting and migrating birds.

 

The protection of the Eurasian bittern and its habitat in Lake Pape, which is part of Pape Nature Park, is provided thanks to Project No.LIFE12 NAT/LV/000118 COASTLAKE “Restoration of Bittern Habitats in Two Coastal Lakes in Latvia”, which is financed by the European Union’s LIFE+ Nature and Biological Diversity programme and the Latvian Environmental Protection Fund.