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New Bird-Watching Tower Boosts Local Interest in the Kiideva Nature Centre in Estonia


This project funded a new birdwatching tower & meeting rooms, expanding an existing nature centre facility. This helped to boost visitor numbers, allowed expansion of educational activities and provided a focal point for local community meetings


NGO Kalaküla began development of the Kiideva Nature Centre in 2007. Over the next 2 years, thanks to various financial contributions, classrooom facilities were built, equipment & furniture purchased, wooden meadows restored and a hiking trail from Kiideva to Puise established. To organize bird-watching and outdoor classes, the building of a secure watching tower and information centre was identified as a need to better inform visitors about local natural habitats & wild fauna and flora.


The main objective of the project was to establish a multi-functional birdwatching tower and information rooms, aiming to increase visitor numbers to over 3,000 people per year. The wider aim of Kiideva Nature Centre is to create an active base to promote nature related educational activities, provide opportunities for outdoor classes, nature study camps, working and recreational camps.

Main activities

The main activities undertaken by the project included: the design and building of the birdwatching tower/clay-house; organisation of the new information rooms; promotion of the nature centre and of the new birdwatching tower.

Results & Benefits

The new building provides a focal point for the display and dissemination of information about the local countryside, where people can organize different educational activities which can help to discover the local natural habitats. A flag post and a information board are available in the birdwatching tower. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of the whole Matsalu Bay from the platform of the birdwatching tower (36m2), raising local awareness and support for local natural habitats.

Lessons learnt

By providing a focal point for the Nature Centre, the birdwatching tower has boosted local interest & engagement in the activities of the centre. It has also created an important meeting place for the community & has allowed the organisation of interesting events which have made local people, as well as tourists, far more aware of the natural resources & beauty of the area. These benefits were not fully anticipated in the original project design

Project location and other information

Lääne county, Ridala municipality, Kiideva village



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

14 187

EAFRD contribution (€)

9 092

National contribution (€)

2 273

Private contribution (€)

2 822

Contact name

Tiiu Tomingas

Languages for contact

English, Estonian

Document attachment

Original Language version

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

< €20 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Improving quality of life in rural areas
• 322. Village renewal and development


Rural tourism, Leader, Environmental education, National park, Natural environment

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