Small islands, the treasures of our coastal sea
Urve Ratas takes a geographer’s look at Estonian small islets. She looks at the distribution and differences of our about 1500 islands in the coastal sea zone. The exact number of islets can not be determined, since the coastline of Estonia, as well as the islets, is in constant change. Most of the islets are situated rather close to the coast and have emerged as a result of land uplift. The article is supplemented with a map of Estonian islands, and the classification of these.
Estonian small islands: a cultural overview
Tiina Peil provides some views to the islands and from the islands. She explains the settlement processes and the importance of islands in marine navigation. Nowadays, only 9 of the small islands are still inhabited.
The flora of Tallinn: strawberries and cowberries side by side
Tõnu Ploompuu describes the surprisingly diverse natural and man-introduced flora of our capital city. He looks at reasons behind the emergence of such unique plant cover from an ecologist’s point of view. Tallinn has many different habitat types, such as coastal areas, sandy habitats and even fresh boreo-nemoral forest types, and thus the flora of Tallinn comprises even several rare plant species. But mostly, the flora is characterized by cultural species introduced by man.
The Kaagjärve manor and park
Heldur Sander takes the reader to the Valga County to make acquaintance with an old manor park. The park, created probably in the second half of the 19th century, has an irregular design, with 104 taxa of ligneous plants. While most of the taxa are of foreign origin, then most of the trees are actually domestic. The most dominant species are linden, maple and oak trees.
The Mäealuse landscape protection area: the first local protected area
Uudo Timm and Piret Kiristaja advise the local governments to follow the example of the Viimsi municipal council and create their own protected areas to guard the local natural heritage. The Mäealuse protected area is located on the Viimsi Peninsula close to Tallinn. The aim is to protect the section of the North-Estonian Klint located on the territory of the municipality, as well as the valuable klint forests and paludified forests, and the cultural landscape.
The birth of the first local protected area was not an easy one
Sigrid Rajangu recalls the history of the newly founded protected area in Viimsi.
Eesti Loodus enquires
Mati Ilomets explains the essence of peat – renewable or not?
Leo Filippov considers the possibilities of living on small islands.
Crowberry, an unusual foodstuff
Urmas Kokassaar recommends a modest-looking, yet valuable domestic berry that has found undeservingly little use. The Nordic people have used the crowberry for ages mostly because of its very high content of vitamin C. Crowberries can be used in juices, jams, liqueurs and wines.
Interview: Stones talk to these who can listen
Ann Marvet has interviewed Enn-Aavo Pirrus, the winner of the 2005 Eerik Kumari’s nature protection prize.
Flood and drought: the two extremes in precipitation regimes.
Tiina Tammets has noticed that floods and droughts have lately become more common than decades ago. The author explains the terms of flood and drought and their occurrence in Estonia and brings many graphic examples of extreme precipitation in different locations of the country.
Silvery aspen trees
Kaljo Voolma describes Phyllocnistis labyrinthella, an insect who makes its living on aspen trees, covering the leaves with silvery coating.
Practical tips: kayaking in coastal sea
Mikk Suursild gives advice on how to get a good and memorable experience out of kayak-trip in our coastal sea. He looks into the history of kayaking in Estonia and elsewhere and assures the safety and fun of kayaking in Estonian coastal area – the paradise for kayakers.
Many more mosses under protection
Kai Vellak introduces the reasons behind changing and improving the list of protected mosses as well as the new protected species. From now on, 46 moss species are included in the list of protected species.
Essay: Owner and landlord by Ann Marvet