Gauja National Park, Amata area

Vidzeme  >  Latvia

Birding in Gauja National Park is interesting, because birds that are difficult to spot in Western Europe can be found here. Like rare woodpecker species.

Added by John Morecroft


The forests of slopes in Gauja National Park with old deciduous trees attract less common species of woodpeckers (White-backed WoodpeckerEurasian Three-toed WoodpeckerBlack Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker). Relatively often spotted are the elsewhere rare Greenish WarblerRed-breasted Flycatcher and locally common Hazel GrouseUral Owl has started nesting in the park, and the smallest owl of Latvia — Eurasian Pygmy-Owl — is also seen more often. Many Corn Crake and some species of warblers, which are not common in Western Europe (Eurasian River WarblerBlyth's Reed Warbler), are found in the riverside meadows of Gauja.



There is a 3.5 km hiking trip along Amata river that is a good starts for forest birds (see the P on the map for parking). This trail in the forests near Zvārte Rock you can extend if you want by walking further north along the Amata River. Among the bird species you can see along this trail are: Red-breasted FlycatcherGreenish Warbler, European Honey-buzzardCommon KingfisherCrested TitEurasian Three-toed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, River


Hilly, Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Best time to visit



Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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