Cattle, wild boar and foxes in Paljassaare coastal area

Scottish highland cow and calf.
Scottish highland cow and calf. Source: ERR

While a mother bear and her cub who wandered into Tallinn recently caught the public's attention, there are regions of the capital where livestock and wild animals are permanent residents. One of these areas is the Paljassaare Peninsula in Tallinn Bay, where cattle, wild boar and reptiles have a great life thanks to the relative lack of permanent human settlement.

In Paljassaare, there are 40 Scottish highland cattle, whose home is usually close to Keila. Estonia is at the forefront of the world in preserving semi-natural communities, meaning those created by the interaction of man and nature. It is in such areas that two-thirds of our plant species and more than half of the rarities grow, ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Monday.

The cattle are working there to maintain the landscape in the framework of the Finland-Estonia coastal areas project Coastlife Net.

Mountain cattle breeder, Piret Bärg said: "It has actually changed quite a bit. When we first came here, we couldn't really see the coastal line. The rushes were very high and there was a lot of brush. Rose hips grew over our heads. When we looked now from the tower, we could see everything."

But there are also fauna in Paljassaare who have caught the attention of walkers with cameras. In some aspects, it is a closed area - on one side, lies Tallinn, with its noise and bustle, and on the other side, the sea.

"By the traces found, we have assumed that there could be wild boar and maybe even lynxes, since the tracks we were looking at suggest there is a large feline running around. But of foxes, rabbits - we have them too," Bärg said.

Paljassaare is also a paradise for birds. The cattle are cooperating with white wagtails, who both feed on the flies the cattle attract and pluck their capacious fur to get nesting material.


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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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