Kolkheti National Park
Over half the park, 15,742 hectares, consists of wetlands. The climate of the park and abundance of water has resulted in a rich bioversity of flora in the coastal marshes and swamped forests and the deciduous wetland forest, is composed mostly of bearded alder, several species of willows and oaks and common ash. The swamps and wetland forests of the park contain a number of endangered species such as roe deer, boar, otter. It is home to the Caucasian subspecies of common treefrog and lake frog and numerous types of snake, including ring snake, dice snake, slow worm, and more rarely the Aesculapian snake.
The European marsh turtle and Artwin wood lizard are also found as are common and eastern crested newts. Several species of dolphins including Delphinus delphis inhabit the marine habitat of the park while 194 different bird species are found in the national park, including 21 species who use the area during seasonal migration. Some of the birds endemic to the park are on the Georgian Red Book list because they are verging on extinction in the area, including the Black Stork, Crane and Great White Egret. The Great crested grebe, red - necked grebe, black - necked grebe, great cormorant, squacco heron, Eurasian spoonbill, glossy ibis, lesser white - fronted goose, ruddy shelduck, marsh sandpiper, great snipe, and a diversity of ducks, waders, coots, gulls and terns are common to the park during season and a number of white - tailed sea eagles have been recorded in the park, although these are very rare.
The Park was opened to tourists in 2007 and offers a wide range of tours from diving and bird watching to hiking and horse-riding.
Flora: Natural complex of Kolkhetian elements. Lake paliastomi. Colkheti marsh.
Fauna: Roe deer, wild boar, pheasant. On wintering water-fowl.
See also: Algeti Natioal Park Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park Kazbegi National Park Kintrishi Protected Landscape Kobuleti Managed Reserved Lagodekhi National Reserve Mtirala National Park Sataplia National Reserve Tusheti National Reserve Vashlovani State Reserve and National Park