Ancient Woods Foundation

Save the ancient woods

Lithuania — where nature belongs to itself, and is allowed to develop without any human influence.

Ancient woods, what is it?

It’s a space where people don’t cultivate or save the forest according to their own understanding, where all organisms are equal and no one is thought of as harmful.

Inhabitants of the ancient woods
  • Ural owl

    Ural owls are typical old forest residents. Researchers claim that there are only eighty to hundred breeding pairs left in Lithuania, due to an intense deforestation, imposed by people. The latter presents one of the greatest threats to these sedentary night travelers, choosing to settle inside the hollows of old-growth trees.

  • Western capercaillie

    The exotic western capercaillie, once an ordinary inhabitant of Lithuanian pine forests, and now — a rarely seen feathered dweller. The drastic decrease in the number of capercaillies in Lithuania was caused by a gradual destruction of the territories it inhabits. Famous for their wedding ritual, capercaillies gather in the same areas called wedding venues, year after year to seduce females and mate. If the ritual territory isn’t destroyed, it’s used by capercaillies for decades.

  • Grey-headed woodpecker

    Grey-headed woodpeckers are known as one of the most colorful forest birds. Like many other members of the genetic bird family, it needs mature masses of trees, rich in dead wood. It especially likes thick snags, of which there are hardly any left in Lithuania. As grey-headed woodpeckers tend to forge new hollows every year, its apartments remain for other forest animals, such as sparrow owls, bats and dormice.

  • Black stork

    One of the most mysterious inhabitants of the ancient woods is the secretive black stork. There are just over 500 pairs in Lithuanian forests, which makes around 10% of the entire European population. Even so, it has declined by as much as 30% over the past two decades, and the number one cause of extinction is a shortage of old-growth deciduous trees.

  • Coral tooth fungus

    Coral tooth fungus mostly grows in moist forests, on old veteran trees or coarse woody debris. These elegant forest dwellers allow you to enjoy its ephemeral beauty for only one season, if it shows up at all. In Lithuania, you can find it in just twenty places. The number is caused due to a removal of large, coarse woody debris from old-growth and mixed forests, which are necessary for the survival of these fungi.

  • Tree lungwort

    Tree lungwort is one of the largest and probably one of the most impressive lichens in Lithuania. Although still found in relatively many places, its population is rapidly declining. Genuine shrubs of this luxurious lichen can only be found in small fragments of Lithuanian ancient forests, untouched by human activity for a long time.

  • Orange polypore

    Orange polypore is a bright, yellowish-pink sponge mushroom, found on old large oaks. Although it’s often confused with a common edible mushroom - chicken of the woods, it’s considered a rare species, that grows only in about thirty places. These spectacular mushrooms flourish on old-growth or recently fallen oaks in ancient forests and its fragments.

  • Lynx

    Lynx, like all members of the cat family, has the ability to run extremely fast, though only for short distances. In order for them to survive, old, dense forests with numerous wind fallen trees are a must. Only in such forests can they sneak behind their victims and create lairs, suitable for giving birth to kittens. Lynxes have been included in the Red Data Book of Lithuania since 1979, with the current population of these elegant predators reaching a mere number of hundred individuals.

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The state of the ancient woods in Lithuania

As forests disappear, so do their inhabitants, bound by strong bonds of dependence. Due to vigorous human activity, the old groves, which make up 80% of the territory of Lithuania, have disappeared, and with them - many species that lived inside.

History of the Ancient Woods Foundation

"The dream of preserving Lithuanian old forests from felling, that slowly contributes to the irreversible destruction of animal, plant and mushroom habitats, began in childhood." Mindaugas Survila

The idea of establishing a foundation to preserve the old-growth forests of Lithuania arose after seeing the public interest in the documentary "Ancient Woods". Director, Mindaugas Survila, set aside the money it made, 60 thousand euros, towards purchasing the first forest plots, positioned to become the first public, Lithuanian ancient forest.

Further activities of the foundation will be based on privately donated funds, dedicated to the acquisition of forest plots. In this way, forests will be protected from felling and the first ancient forest in Lithuania will be established.

  • 2018 - 03

    Film "Ancient Woods" reaches cinemas

  • 2020 - 01

    Ancient Woods Foundation is established

  • 2020 - 04

    Search for suitable plots begins

  • 2020 - 05

    Foundation collected:
    60,000 Eur - from the film funds
    3,905 Eur - from private donations

  • 2020 - 06

    Public education and educational activities begins

  • 2020 - 11

    The first plot to become an ancients woods is purchased

The team

The team of Ancients Woods Foundation consists of a large community of scientists and professionals, united by a common goal of restoring the old Lithuanian forests and the belief that only by working together, true change can be achieved.

  • Mindaugas Survila

    Author and main initiator of the Foundation, documentary filmmaker

  • Rasa Valantinaitė

    Teacher, copywriter, leader of experiential camps for children

  • Mindaugas Lapelė

    A botanist who has dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and public education

  • Ainis Pivoras

    Biologist, that works in botany and forest ecophysiology

  • Aurelija Urbonavičiūtė

    Organizational design and development strategist

  • Vilius Striužas

    Lawyer, responsible for the legal issues of the Foundation's activities

  • Simonas Bastys

    Programmer responsible for the technical decisions of the Foundation

  • Community members and supporters

Contribute to the preservation of ancient forests

You can contribute by gifting the land of your forest, contributing financially or educating your community about the importance of ancient woods.

  • Donate your forest

    If you have a forest and don't know if it will fall into good hands, you can donate it to the Ancient Woods Foundation, which will ensure the preservation of it and the ecosystems that live within.

  • Contribute financially

    All of the raised funds are used for the purchase of private, old forest plots, protecting them from felling and human activities. Everyone, regardless of their contribution efforts, will be able to visit and observe the spectacular life of ancient woods.

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    • 1.2% income tax

      When filling in the personal income tax application form, all you have to do is enter the beneficiary code of Ancient Woods Foundation: 305433631

      A memo on how to fill out a form.
  • Share information

    • If you know that an old, biologically valuable forest is for sale - be sure to share the information with us here:

      Forest proposal form
    • If you want to contribute with your professional knowledge, shoot us a message here:

      komanda@sengiresfondas.lt
    • Share your knowledge, stories and experiences related to the old Lithuanian forests with relatives, acquaintances and friends.

The Ancient Woods community

Sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation and preservation of the ancient Lithuanian forests.

Scientists and biologists

Dalia Bastytė - Cseh

Herpetologist

dr. Eugenijus Drobelis

Ornithologist

dr. Eduardas Budrys

Entomologist

dr. Reda Iršėnaitė

Mycologist

Marius Karlonas

Ornithologist

dr. Jurga Motiejūnaitė

Mycologist

dr. Žydrūnas Preikša

Ornithologist

dr. Valerijus Rašomavičius

Botanist

dr. Darius Stončius

Ecologist

dr. Bronius Šablevičius

Ornithologist

Vytautas Uselis

Geobotanist

Giedrius Vaivilavičius

Malacologist

Professionals

Darius Babelis

Photographer

Romualdas Barauskas

Photographer

Renatas Jakaitis

Photographer

Vytautas Knyva

Photographer

Eugenijus Kavaliauskas

Photographer

Ieva Literskytė

Web Designer

Ugnė Balčiūnaitė

Brand Identity Designer

Ieva Dobilaitė

Content Strategist

Gediminas Užkuraitis

Brand Identity Strategist

Andrius Grigorjevas

Strategist

Raminta Lilaitė

Public Relations Strategist

Kristina Skindelytė

Public Relations Strategist

Gabrielė Vaineikytė

Social Media Specialist

Goda Šiugždinytė

Social Media Specialist

Rimantė Paulauskaitė-Digaitienė

Sponsorships Coordinator

Eglė Plytnikaitė

Education Content Creator

Aleksandr Čaplia

Web Developer

Justinas Vencius

Colorist

Ambassadors

Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė

Performer

Vaiva Grainytė

Writer

Lina Lapelytė

Artist

Andrius Mamontovas

Performer

Kotryna Stankutė

Activist

Jurga Šeduikytė

Performer

Giedrius Širka

Performer

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Director

Daiva Vaitkevičienė

Historian

Vykintas Vaitkevičius

Historian

Gintaras Varnas

Director

Gediminas Žilys

Performer

Benefactors

Dalia Sverdiolienė

Matas Valius Ramoška

Gintarė Grašytė

Jolanta Mažeikaitė

Valdas Kulvinskas

Kristė Elena Krupoviesaitė

Lolita Čepulytė-Stoškienė

Rūta Marija Rimkienė

Smiltė Bikulčienė

Artiom Magomedov

Onutė Grigaitė

Inga Lukoševičiūtė

Karolis Kaupas

Žymantas Morkvėnas

Rolandas Remeikis

Jurgita Vaitkutė

Valdas Povilaitis

Gailutė Mazuch

Živilė Elena Vėžienė

Saulius Pundys

Aistė Morkūnienė

Eglė Bieliauskaitė

Giedrė Nacevičienė

Ramunė Petuchovaitė

Rasa Jančiauskienė

Monika Sakalauskaitė

Eglė Martišė

Ieva Padegimaitė

Andrejus Naumovas

Mantas Sladkevičius

Jūratė Gylytė

S. Nakrošytė

Kristina Karvelytė

Ovidijus Urnižius

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Julija Činčytė

Danielis Prokopovičius

Indrė Bagdonaitė

Jonė Leščinskaitė

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Karolina Želvė

Lukas Dvarionas

Aurimas Malinauskas

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Jonas Marcinkevičius

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Nerijus Lamanauskas

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