Friends of nature

If you are friend of nature, you definitely like to spend your free time somewhere outdoor in nature and not only for leisure, but also for learning something more about surrounding nature: species, habitats, ecosystems and landscapes.

Although traditionally we are thinking Lielupe river basin is region for intensive agriculture, here can be found also unique and excellent nature assets. Sometimes they are protected under nature protection rules both as larger areas for protection of landscapes assets and as smaller areas, where due special conditions, live special species of plants and animals, called habitats.

Due plain relief of Lielupe river basin area and periodic overflowing small winding rivers, here are common natural flood plains and wide areas with mires, swamp forests, supporting a rich variety of wildlife species and representing important sources of biodiversity habitats.

But here also are common more hilly areas with a rich variety of forest habitats on slopes and ravines and areas with unique karst geological process in Biržiai and Skaistkalne regions. In the nature you will see just sink holes, but properly they are result of geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite. Usually holes appear suddenly and you can be even witness of new ones.

You can find here also areas with valuable landscapes, habitats and species together in one place, you have just to find and recognise them. Most famous areas are Kemeri National Park, Bauska Nature Park and Tervete Nature Park in Latvia and Biržiai Nature Park in Lithuania.

You can go in nature and learn in several ways:

- Participating in already organised excursions and information days or events where in assistance of specialists you may learn and observe new features of surrounding nature. Such events often are organised by administrations of nature protected areas.
- Using guide service offered by administrations of nature protected areas and tourism organisations.
- Going in nature alone and using field guides. We are suggesting to use already publish available field guides, which are specially elaborated by specialists for local flora and fauna and are published in internet.

The most valuable areas are protected by law, thus limiting access or the activities which may be performed. Therefore you are pleased to visit the website of the nature conservation agency or communicate with them about specific conditions.

The most common rules in the protected areas are:

- driving by car or other means is allowed only on the roads;
- remember to dispose of waste only in the specially provided areas, or take it with you;
- do not collect any plants or creatures for collections or for personal use;
- do not carve any marks on the cliffs, benches or trees and do not damage the steps or any other tourist facility;
- campfires may only be made in certain places and tents are only permitted in specially marked areas.