Līgatne Nature Trails celebrate 40th birthday

The Līgatne Nature Trails celebrate their 40th birthday this year, and its managers ask visitors to be observant and to take in the nature slowly. The year has been quite productive for the animals too, and you can watch the young , reported a story on Latvian Television Friday.

Besides celebrating their birthday, in 2015 the trails have been reconstructed, with new paths and observation fields added to the trail.

"We have fixed and opened a watchtower that again rejoices and admits visitors. The animals have also done their part this year - this is the first year when wild boar have piglets. Foxes' families have grown as well. There are three cubs that can be seen, especially on warm and sunny days," said Inga Lange, the head of the Līgatne Nature Trails.

Visitors to the trail will also be greeted by the bears Mikus and Puika, as well as Ilzīte. The wild boar piglet Magone will soon be introduced to her new big family.

"People who come here can find joy not only in the beauty of the nature and the landscape in Gauja National Park. They can also observe animals that live in their natural habitat, in the forest. If you come to look at the animals, you have to be careful, patient and have to look, just like one who's in the forest and wants to see animals," said Lange.

You cannot rush through the park in an hour. Those who go slowly will see more than the others. The most discerning of us will be able to see animals not only within the fenced territory but also by the paths, as you'll be able to see squirrels, martens, foxes, roes, and deer by the path.

In Autumn, Latvians flock to nature reserves or scenic points like Gleznotājkalns in Sigulda to take in the full colors of the fall.

Latvian Television found out that Līgatne is indeed a great place to enjoy the golden fall, and after visiting the trail people can go look at the cliffs, at the Soviet-era bunker or simply take a leisurely stroll by the Gauja river. 

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