Ambassador profile


  Name: Elle Roosaluste
  Function: One of the participants of the working camps
  Country: Estonia
  E-mail: elle.roosaluste(at)ut(dot)ee
  Tel: +37 2737 6227

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Estonian Seminatural Community Conservation Association
  E-mail: pky(at)zbi(dot)ee
  Tel: +37 2742 8363
  Established: 1990-2005
  Category: NGO
  Number of staff: There are no permanent staff because it is a non-governmental organisation. There is a managing committee (5 persons) that is elected every 2 years.
Site profile
  Site name: Puhtu-Laelatu Nature reserve  
  Location: coordinates 23,54580; 58,56665  
  Land area: 2,700 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: 2 km  
  Natura 2000 ID:

EE1630, EE6530, EE7210

  www: Best information is available on  
  Annual visitor count: No numbers available  
  Majority of visitors from: Estonia and abroad  
  Site description:

The restored coastal meadow was previously a lagoon. Nowadays it is situated between Puhtu broad-leaved forest and alvar meadows. This coastal meadow is the only habitat for Dactylorhiza ruthei in Estonia.


Priority species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Cypripedium calceolus Kaunis kuldking
    Angelica palustris Emaputk
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  1210 Annual vegetation of drift lines
  1230 Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic and Baltic Coasts
  1630 * Boreal Baltic coastal meadows
  6280 * Nordic alvar and precambrian calcareous flatrocks
  6530 * Fennoscandian wooded meadows
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Working camp

During the last few years the reed on the coast has been cut and burnt every spring in order to open the landscape and help Angelica palustris to grow on coastal meadow.


Field works

For approximately 15 years our association has organised collective field work on Laelatu wooded meadow to cut trees and bushes and mow hay.

Photo credit: Toomas Kukk
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Action plan meetings
Green Days more info
Guided visits


  Event frequency
A few times a year


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Kind of work / volunteering opportunities
Practical experience of how to manage semi-natural communities, organising working camps – mowing, cutting.
The experience obtained in working camps is useful for students because the practical work is good addition for studying applied ecology.


  Communication literature produced
Magazines / periodicals


  Communication target groups
General public
Other site managers
Local community
Site visitors


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity
Our organisation has good contacts with the Estonian Ornitological Society and Estonian Nature Fund. People from these organisations often take part in our working camps and exchange experience in the management of seminatural communities. From this networking common plans and ideas for the better protection of nature are developed.


Site management profile
"Green Days (working camps) on Puhtu-Laelatu Nature Reserve"
  Key site management issues:


Our activities are mainly directed towards the improvement of the management of some Natura 2000 habitats in this area. The local nature conservation system is not able to manage the entire area adequately. Working camps (Green days) help to assist in the management of the coastal and wooded meadows. The other benefit of this is that many young people come to these camps and increase their awareness and interest in the nature conservation. Our working camps are very popular and every year they attract approximately 40 participants between the ages of 19 to 60 years old. Working camps are promoted through different ways and the benefits include the following:

  • People coming to working camps enjoy the company (many people have taken part for many years);
  • People know that they are are doing something useful;
  • The transport and food are free for participants.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


Almost the entire site is made up of Natura 2000 sites.


  Key site management objectives:


  • Better management of seminatural communities
  • Raising awareness of the value of seminatural communities
  • Good working practices


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Staff of the Matsalu Nature Park
  • Members of Estonian Seminatural Community Conservation Association


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


Cutting reed on coastal meadows


  Results of action and activities:


  • Better cooperation between organisations
  • The cooperation between organisations, Matsalu Nature Park and working camps will continue in future.


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


EEK 5,000 ( Euros 320)


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


Approximately EEK 200,000 per year (Euros 12,800).


  Budget reserved for communication:


There are no special resources for communication.


  European funding:




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