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Matsalu National Park was founded mainly to protect nesting, moulting and migratory birds. It is a wetland of international importance already recognised under the Ramsar Convention. Here you can observe semi-natural grasslands (coastal, alluvian, dry and wooded meadows) that are characteristic to Western Estonia. The park has a flooded bottom-land, limestones and a diverse coastline with shallow bay coves, relic lakes, small islets and the largest reed bed in the Baltics.

Matsalu National Park has been awarded with the European Diploma of Protected Areas ( by the Council of Europe in recognition of its efforts to protect biological, geological and landscape diversity in the area and with European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (, which is issued by the EUROPARC Federation.

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