An Album of Nature

See treasures of Lithuanian nature

Many of us have visited Lithuania and seen the major tourist attractions and sites that we know and love from parents stories and pictures. How would you like to see the country‘s natural spaces and rare species? Here is the natural landscape characteristic of Lithuania, its most valuable natural habitats and the country’s rare animals, plants and fungi, revealing the unique beauty of Lithuania’s natural treasures. The perfect armchair traveller‘s choice is the book Lithuanian Wild Nature, published for the Environment Ministry‘s Service for Protected Areas as part of its awareness and information project.

The purpose of this album of meticulously curated photos and bilingual text is to document Lithuania‘s natural treasures and to create connection with every reader that will encourage him or her to take a greater interest in, promote and protect those treasures. The 288-page book was created by well-known naturalists Eugenijus Drobelis and Vytautas Knyva, and contains 300 fascinating photographs, with text by E. Drobelis and translations in English by Albina Strunga.

The authors hope that their work will evoke pride in Lithuania and its landscapes, and although inhabitants have not been kind to nature in the past, awareness and experience of its beauty may help pave the way to more pro-active protection in the future. Protected areas in Lithuania occupy more than 17 per cent of the total area of the country. The most important areas designed for nature conservation are 3 nature reserves, 1 biosphere reserve, 5 national parks, 29 regional parks and 402 state reserves. They encompass the most unique and valuable landscapes, habitats, the rarest and most characteristic fauna, flora and fungi. A total of 566 species appear in the Lithuanian Red Book list of protected species.

The album is compiled in sections according to geographic features: seaside, rivers and lakes,  mires (peat bogs or wetland areas dominated by living peat-forming plants), forests and meadows. This book is a must-see for nature-lovers, a work of art in itself with brilliant photography and highly informative text. Go to: https://vstt.lrv.lt/lt/veiklos-sillritys/gamtosauginis-svietimas/leidiniai The site presents a list of publications in Lithuanian (look for “FOTOALBUMAS LAUKINĖ GAMTA Leidinį galite rasti čia“). Alkas.lt