Needle Floodplain Forests National Park, Demirkoy, Kırklareli, Turkey 

At the northern most tip of the Marmara Region, the last shore to be washed by the waters of the Black Sea, Igneada Longoz Forests National Park is a hidden Garden of Eden among the dark green forests.

The Longoz forests which are completely covered with water during winter and spring has a floristic composition of mixed forest trees of 8-15 meters tall. Since the alluvial soils have more intensive micro-organism activities, the forests and the other plants in this region start vegetation earlier than the other plants. The protection of the habitat of these forests has crucial importance. Because, these forests are not only a rare natural value for Turkey but also for Europe.

Preserved on a national scale and the scale of the most important European floodplains (Longoz) forests in the region of the Igneada (İğneada), the region contains many different ecosystems and different habitats for animal species are high quality. Many fish species due to habitat area and fish production potential of hunting tourism, botanical tourism thanks to its biological diversity, bird watching, nature photography and water sports, such as one of the areas that have high potential for many recreational activities.

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