Lake Žuvintas

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The extremely rich flora and fauna of the lake Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve and its surroundings makes it one of the best places in Lithuania for birding.

Added by John Morecroft


Zuvintas wetland (6940 ha) is a natural complex, covering a small human-influenced, very natural variety of swamps and a big shallow lake. This lake is only 0.6 m in depth and is one of the most important places in Lithuania for for birds. Here the populations of European Marsh HarrierLittle CrakeCommon Crane and Bluethroat are the largest in the country. During migration there are huge amount of Common Crane, geese, ducks, sandpipers and other flocks of birds. Zuvintas wet meadows - is one of two locations in Lithuania, where the extremely rare, globally endangered Aquatic Warbler can be found. Around the lake also Corn Crake can be heard and if you are extremely lucky seen. In the last 30 years, 234 bird species have been observed in Zuvintas. For birding it is best to visit the area in spring and in the first half of summer.



A lot of different places around this big lake and wetland are very good for birdwatching. The small area we describe here is one of the easiest places to see birds. It has a good observation platform (see the map) and a path you can walk. But for observing migratory and grassland birds on the shores of Lake Žuvintas just drive around the lake and make lots of stops (see the link below for a map). You will find nice birds on many spots. Maybe other birders are going to describe other parts of Zuvintas wetland in the future on this website, because the area consists of dozens of nice birdingplaces.

Terrain and Habitat



Flat, Swampy, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Summer

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer


Paved road, Wide path, Narrow trail, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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