In an attempt to restore the semi-natural meadows near the shore on Ruhnu, 50 highland cattle were shipped in from Denmark to munch through reed and grass.
Estonian Fund for Nature and the non-profit organization Seos constructed barriers for the animals in the project, uudised.err.ee reported.
The cattle arrived on the island last Saturday. Environmentalists hope the meadows, once they recover, will once again attract endangered bird species and the natterjack toad.
The restoration of the meadows, which occur in the southwestern part of Ruhnu and are similar to other coastal landscapes kept open by mowing and grazing, is supported by the Environmental Investment Center.