We would suggest you to explore the Grey Dunes (also called the Dead Dunes) 32 kilometres down the Smiltynė-Nida Road, where a pedestrian path has been made in the Nagliai State Strict Nature Reserve. It runs around 1 kilometre eastwards and allows visitors to observe the exclusive habitat of the Grey Dunes, which is very rare in Europe.
In the places protected from fierce sea winds, where the sand surface is completely covered by the carpet of lichen, moss and “Poaceae,” the stable communities of sand plants form. These conditions allow some rare insect species to exist, and the tawny pipit breeds here. Looking at the panorama of the Grey Dunes, it seems as if they are covered with a grey velvet carpet. This image is created by the dominant true grasses (the grey hair grass, the blue hair grass, the acute sedge and the sheep’s fescue), moss as well as lichens, which are of 20 different types here. This vegetation forms a layer that stops the drifting sand.
The Nagliai State Strict Nature Reserve is a natural area reserved exclusively for scientific purposes; any human activity is prohibited here, so the visitors are required to walk only along the delineated path, which goes for 1.1 kilometre.
Admission to the educational trail of the Nagliai State Strict Nature Reserve during the season is paid.
Bilietų kainos: nuo 2021 m. gegužės 1 d. iki 2021 m. spalio 11 d. – 5,00 Eur;
Studentams, pateikusiems studento pažymėjimą – 2,00 Eur.
Opening hours of the Educational Trail of the Nagliai State Strict Nature Reserve:
From 1 May 2021 until 17 June 2021 - from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From 18 June 2021 until 31 August 2021 - from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
From 1 September 2021 until 11 October 2021 - from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Photo by Rytis Šeškaitis