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Mires and marshes

Latvia's territory is covered by open marshes. Half of them are largely undisturbed by human

activity. The mires host more than 20 protected plant species. At least 15 species of birds nest in mires and marshlands, including the crane, golden plover, black grouse, whimbrel, merlin and peregrine. During periods of bird migration, the mires are important resting-places for cranes and geese. There are 10 protected insect species and a rare species of snail. Mires and marshes are also highly valued by berry pickers for the wide range of berries that grow there, including cranberries, cloudberries, cowberries and bilberries. Read more: http://www.latvia.eu/natural-attractions
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