DATES & PRICES

Days = 11

06 Jul 2020 - 16 Jul 2020

London - London Price = £1995

Tallinn - Tallinn £1845

Deposit = £200

Single Supplemend = £250*

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1 

to Tallinn and then Lahemaa National Park

Days 2 - 5 

Lahemaa National Park, including Varangu and Endla Nature Reserves

Days 6 & 7

Matsalu Nature Reserve

Days 8 - 10 

Saaremaa Island including Tagamoisa and Vilsandi National Park

Day 11 

to Tallinn and departure

ESTONIA

ORCHIDS, BUTTERFLIES & DRAGONFLIES OF THE BALTIC

Wildlife Tour Estonia. Flowers, Particularly Orchids, also Dragonflies and Butterflies

Lahemaa's atmospheric landscape of bogs, forests and unspoilt bays with still traditional fishing villages has been spared the ravages of the twentieth century by dint of being the first national park designated in the former Soviet Union.

34 out of 36 of Estonia's orchids occur on the limestones of Saaremaa Island. Dark Red Helleborine and Fly Orchid are widespread and we'll see the Baltic endemics Dactylorhiza longifolia and Dactylorhiza ruthei. The fabulous Moor King rises from fens where we'll find Fen Orchid and Dactylorhiza curvifolia amongst fine displays of Marsh Helleborine and Musk Orchid. Colonies of Silver-studded and Large Blues live amid a colourful mosaic of bellflowers, campions and cinquefoils. The violet-blue iridescent hues of Lesser Purple Emperor and Purple Emperor are joined by the Map Butterfly and both Large Copper and Scarce Copper.

Of particular interest to us will be the extensive complexes of mires, fens and raised bogs made accessible by a fine series of trails and boardwalks. A rich and distinctive community make this their home from Sundews and One-leaved Bog Orchids to Frigga's and Cranberry Fritillaries, Moorland Clouded Yellow and the dragonfly Leucorrhinia albifrons to endemic Rhinanthus osiliensis to the skullcap Scutellaria hastifolia. Chamaedaphne calyculata will be going over but other Ericacae will be in full bloom including Bog Rosemary, Labrador Tea and both species of Cranberry. Paths through lichen and cowberry under open pine forests will reveal Creeping Lady's Tresses and lovely Twinflower are no less than seven Wintergreens, whilst roadsides are awash with stands of four species of Cow-wheats, among them colourful Crested Cow-wheat and the garish purple and yellow Melampyrum nemorosum.

INFORMATION

Focus

Flowers, particularly the Orchids. Also Dragonflies and Butterflies.

Leaders

Andy Byfield, Amanda Borrows,

Walking

Relaxed and easy. Up to three or four miles a day and always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to photographers.

Included in the Price

All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation inEstonia. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.

Group Size

One leader for a group of up to 6, two leaders up to the maximum group size of 12.

Accommodation

For the first half of the tour we'll stay at the excellent 16th century Kohala Manor. Set in peaceful countryside with ponds, rivers, woods and fields there'll be plenty of fauna and flora to interest us. Converted to a hotel in 1996 the Kohala is run by Mikhail and Karin who'll make us feel very welcome and will ply us with excellent meals. The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds. After a night at the sparkling new Altmoisa Guesthouse (we are usually there during their strawberry festival!) we move to another former manor house on the island of Saaremaa for a four night stay. The Loona Manor has smart modern rooms and as with the Kohala we'll be filling the whole place! For the last night we'll stay in a good quality tourist hotel in Tallinn. All rooms on this holiday have en suite facilities.

Climate

Warm and sunny with occasional evening thunderstorms.

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, dragonfly, butterfly and bird checklists are available.

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