The National Park Volga Delta in Russia (5/12)

Lenin's revolutionaries already realized that the particular wealth of species in the area around the Volga estuary was worth protecting. The first so-called "Sapovednik" was set up here as early as 1919. The cycle of life in the delta is influenced not only by the change of seasons but also by the water level. Between the high water at springtime and the low water in autumn there are differences of over two metres in the water level. In spring the fish of the Caspian Sea lay their eggs in the flooded areas. There is prey in abundance for the numerous types of waterfowl, from pelicans to terns. In contrast, this is a hard time for the mammals of the region. Wild boars and martens have to retreat to the few remaining dry areas. In summer when the water has gone down to its average level, the delta offers us another unique spectacle - the lotus blossom. In autumn the delta is transformed into the largest stopover for birds in Eastern Europe. Despite all protection efforts - the delicate eco-system is under threat. Environmental pollution, poaching, lack of money - these topics are also broached in the film on the Volga Delta.

The following episodes are available:

  • The National Park Slitere in Latvia, 45' only (HD)
  • The National Park Sumava in Czech Republic, 45' only (HD)
  • The National Park Lagodechi in Georgia (HD)
  • The National Park Belaweschskaja Puschtscha in Belarus (HD)
  • The National Park Pirin in Bulgaria
  • The National Park Kornati in Croatia
  • The National Park Volga Delta in Russia
  • The National Park Biebrza in Poland
  • The National Park High Tatra in Slovakia
  • The National Park of Kiskunsag in Hungary
  • The National Park of Vilsandi in Estonia