Contact Information Nestori Foundation c/o Arto Vilén, Lammintauksentie 5 82500 Kitee, tel. +358 400 725 478 email: e-mail arto.vilen(at)metsa.fi
Photographs Miina Auttila, Mari Laukkanen, Miia Tolvanen, Lassi Karivalo, piirros Daga Ulv
The Nestori Nature Reserve
A 182-hectare nature reserve was established on water areas purchased by the Foundation. The nature reserve is the first a privately-owned protected area for Saimaa Ringed Seal conservation. The Nestori Nature Reserve is situated in the vicinity of Linnansaari National Park in the northern part of the town of Savonlinna in eastern Finland. The purpose of the nature reserve is to safeguard the habitat of the Saimaa Ringed Seal.
It is forbidden to use such methods of fishing that are harmful to the Saimaa Ringed Seal, such as net fishing, and it is not allowed to move in the vicinity of the shores and islets when and where the seals are nesting.