Lake Aardla Reserve

Tartu  >  Estonia

Reserve that protects Lake Aardla, its wet meadows and birds that live or feed there. Very interesting place for bird watching with a big variety of birds.

Added* by Jaco Wessels
Most recent update 20 May 2022


Lake Aardla Reserve (also known as the Botanical-Ornithological Reserve of Lake Aardla) is a protected area of 132.5 hectares (99.5 hectares of land and 33 hectares of water). The reserve was formed in 1991 to protect the lake and its surroundings, where several protected species of birds live. In 2014, the Ropka-Ihaste Nature Reserve was established to further protect the area. Among the birds you can see in the area are Common Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Common Crane, Northern Lapwing, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Penduline Tit, Black Tern, Great Bittern, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eurasian Hobby and Marsh Harrier.



The area is directly south of the city of Tartu and easy to reach (about 5 km) from the city.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Reedbeds , Moors/heathland


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car , Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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