Quiet sets in on Lake Pape during the seasonal ban on work

30. March, 2016

In March, a period of quiet set in on Lake Pape in Pape Nature Park to ensure peace and quiet and not disturb birds during their nesting season. With the onset of spring, Pasaules Dabas Fonds has suspended the felling of bushes and trees, as well as the mowing of reeds and other work. In June and July this year, it is planned that work will resume at the lake, carrying out measures to renew the habitat of the Eurasian bittern. Measures to remove overgrowth on Lake Pape are necessary in order to prevent the lake from becoming overgrown, thus ensuring the renewal of biological diversity. 

“The previous year’s phase of work was very valuable for us, because we took advantage of the opportunities offered us by new equipment and identified the most economically viable work plan. This year, up to the seasonal ban, reed mowing work has been carried across a territory of approximately 70 ha, in addition to which burning of felled bushes has been partially carried out.  We are satisfied with the work done, but as soon as the seasonal ban ends,  we can look forward to a productive new phase of work,” explains Jānis Rozītis, Director of Pasaules Dabas Fonds. 

Construction of shallow water patches is allowed on Lake Pape from 1 June, while the main work at the lake will restart from 1 July.

Mowing of reeds and felling of bushes and trees on Lake Pape, as well as on its islands, and the construction of shall water patches are 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 and the quality of its habitat 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. The mowed reeds and constructed shallow water patches will also make the lake locale more attractive for local residents, fishermen and tourists.

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.