Latvia Nature Tours
All the Latvia nature tours and birdwatching holidays offered by Dabas Tūres (Nature Tours) are led by professional ornithologists, biologists and experienced group leaders who are involved in range of research and conservation projects.
Latvia is a small country with very high biodiversity. The Magazine “Wild Wonders of Europe” writes about Latvia: “There are only a very few countries in central and northern Europe that could offer a nature enthusiast as much natural serenity and as many pristine habitats as Latvia. Located in the transition zone of two bio-geographic regions, many visitors may return home with the impression they just spent their holidays in Europe’s biggest nature park.”
Latvia is located on the way of one of the world’s main migration paths of the birds. Where during the migration period a big concentration of the birds travelling through the country are seen here in Latvia offering excellent birdwatching opportunities.
The birding holidays offered by Dabas Tūres (Nature Tours) generally range from 6 upto 10 days. More than half of territory is covered by boreal and temperate forests. Latvia is the home of 8 Woodpecker species, 5 Owl species, Black Stork, Hazel Grouse, Capercailie and many other forest birds. One tenth of territory has open raised bogs, where thousands of Cranes are breeding. A big part of the country side is agricultural where Lesser Spotted Eagle, Hawks, Buzzards and Harriers can be easily seen, while nearby bushes are full of small passerine and warblers. At dusk you can hear Corncrace, which is a species with great numbers though with only a few meadows known where they cannot been seen.
There are a lot of lakes, rivers and ponds visited by birdwatchers because of Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, 5 Grebes species, White-winged, Black and Whiskered Tern, Citrine Wagtail and Marsh Sandpiper and much, much more…
Even the capital of Latvia – Rīga city is a great place for birding, since you can find at least 244 bird species here! If you want to do this, the assistance of the birding guide is highly recommended.
Dabas Tūres (Nature Tours) can assist with accommodation and normally choose options closer to the nature areas with possibility of birding once you walk out the door of your accommodation. Traditional Latvian food is a memorable experience and enhances the experience of a Lativa nature tour and birding watching holiday with Dabas Dabas Tūres.
From the Autumn 2017 Dabas Tūres (Nature Tours) invite birders and nature lovers visit their-own guest house “Stikāni”(White Stork), based next to excellent birding place – Nagļi fish ponds and Lake Lubans wetland area, in Eastern part of Latvia.
Latvia Spring Migration
North East Latvia Spring
Latvian Butterflies, Dragonflies and Wild Orchids
West to East Latvia
Latvian Autumn Migration
For more Latvia nature tours and birding holidaysvisit the Dabas Tūres (Nature Tours) website
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Other Latvian Wildlife
Butterflies: Duke of Burgundy, Woodland Brown, Marsh Fritillary, Clouded Apollo, Scarce Fritillary, Purple & Lesser Purple Emperors, Baltic Grayling, Arran Brown, Cranberry Fritillary, Pallas’s Fritillary, Scarce Heath, Garanium Argus, Eastern Baltic Blue, Moorland Clouded Yellow, Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, Baltic Grayling.
Dragonflies: Ruby Whiteface, Yellow-spotted Whiteface, Dark Whiteface, Lilypad Whiteface, Bog Hawker, Siberian Winter Damsel, Sedgling Damsel, Small Spreadwing, Spearhead Bluet, Western Willow Spreadwing, Robust Spreadwing, Blue Chaser, Eurasian Baskettail, Green Snaketail, Green-eyed Hawker, Large Pincertail, Moustached Darter.
Orchids: Lady’s slipper orchid, Fragrant orchid, Fly orchid, Military orchid, Early coralroot.
Mammals: roe deer, wild boar, moose, beawer, fox, wolf.
Some of the guides, as well the company DABAS TŪRES are members of Latvian Owl research and protecting Society.
It means that every year they pay a membership to this organisation and help them protect the birds and assist with research. Every year they organise some educational events for children and after that making nest boxes to Ural Owl or Pygmy Owl.