Tellingumäe is situated in Koiva-Mustjõe protected landscape area.
The protected landscape area, which spans 3,179 hectares, embraces rivers, riverside meadows and forests near the southern border of Estonia. Mustjõgi River (89 km long), the biggest tributary of the Gauja (Koiva) River in Estonia, is a valuable habitat for salmonids. The meadows of the protected landscape area have been created thanks to the mowing and grazing carried out there for years. One of the most powerful views here can be seen during the high water season when the river bursts its banks and floods all the meadows.
The flora and fauna here are very rich in species. Botanically, it is remarkable how many rare plant species one can spot: European spindle (Euonymus europaeus), European white elm (Ulmus laevis), Rolling Hen-and-chicks (Jovibarba globifera), Wooly Butterbur (Petasites spurius), Furrowed fescue (Festuca rupicola) and several orchids in the former Gauja wooded meadow. The Mustjõe marsh is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), mainly to protect the corncrake (Crex crex), the great snipe (Gallinago media), the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) and the European roller (Coracias garrulus).
The area has an active cooperation network called KOTUS that brings together local businesses and communities, and values the local history, nature and being active. Everybody is welcome to enjoy our sights along with the peace and beauty of the nature by either hiking, canoeing or participating in community work.