PLACES OF INTEREST / Monuments of Nature

Cognitive Dendrologic Path (in Juodkrantė)

The major massif of vegetated (ancient forest) parabolic dunes grown with hundred-year pine trees and spruces can be seen in Juodkrantė. It is hard to believe that a real forest could be found in the sands. A cognitive dendrologic path will help to familiarize with the ancient forest landscape, trees and bushes. The trail starts at the parking lot near Amber Bay and ends at the settlement cemetery. Total length - 1600 m. 16 stops are on the path where you will find stands with flora descriptions, pictures and photos. Benches are installed in the most spectacular places to have a rest and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Heron and Cormorant Colony at Juodkrantė

Near Juodkrantė there is the biggest and the oldest colony of grey herons and great cormorants known in Lithuania. Humans have been monitoring this colony even from the late 19th century. Currently there are over 3 thousand great cormorant nests and 235 grey heron nests scattered on the sides of the colony. The first cormorants usually appear in the Curonian Spit in the first part of February, and grey herons return afterwards.

At the end of March the colony becomes so vivid. The birds share and maintain the old nests and build new ones. The bird couples start hatching. Herons and cormorant feed on fish. Herons with their long legs wade in the lagoon waiting for the fish, and cormorants catch the fish by diving. In autumn the colony gets empty and silent till the next season.

Vecekrug Dune (in Preila)

Vecekrug (Old Inn) Dune is the highest dune (67,2m) of the Curonian Spit. Its name originated from Curonian word vece – “oldand "kruogs" – "inn", reminding about the former inn located at the foot of Dune. The entire dune is covered with mountain pine massifs. Planting of this pine was initiated in the middle of the 19th century. At the beginning seedlings were specially imported from Denmark, later - grown locally.  Mountain pine was planted at major dunes which had drifted towards the Curonian Spit settlements, and it served for prevention of sand drifting over forests and settlements.

Parnidis Cognitive Path (in Nida)

A 1,8km nature trail starts at the foot of Parnidis Dune in the Silence Valley. Here you will see wonderful plants, lichen, fungi, insects, and birds, admire the magnificent landscapes, visit the smithyof a woodpecker, and familiarize with the "biography" of a tree. Children will have fun in a wellness path.

Bulvikis Cape (in Nida)

Bulvikis Cape is the widest spot of the Curonian peninsula of 3,8 km wide. It is believed that name of the cape and the neighboring lagoon originates from the Curonian surname Bulvikis. There is one more explanation of the origin: in Swedish language boljameans a wave and vikmeans a bay, so the name might be originated from Sweden.

Before the great dunes were planted with forest, the Bulvikis Cape has been extremely growing: in 18371910 it would annually become longer by 7 m. in average. Now we observe the reverse process the cape is being washed by the stream and it gets smaller and smaller without cease.

A splendid panorama of the coast of the Curonian Lagoon and the Ventė Cape opens from the Bulvikis Cape and the Lagoon. Given a good visibility, the other coast of the Curonian Lagoon seems to be very close, however, this impression is illusory: the width of the Lagoon between the Bulvikis Cape and Ventė Cape is more than 8 km, and the depth approximately 3 m.


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