Kingdom of Sweden
Sweden is a very large country with a very small population. If you could unpeel it from the map, so that its southernmost point stayed in position and the whole country was folded back to the south, then what is, in reality, its most northerly point, would reach a little south of Rome! A few other statistics to put the country into scale: It has an area of 449,964 kms², (which makes it a bit bigger than California); a coastline length of 3,218 kms and a population of only about 9 million people.
The roads are good and empty and large distances can be covered easily. Visitors will find that the natives are friendly and that language will be no problem as long as you speak basic English; which most Swedes speak extremely well. [One drawback, some might find, are the licensing laws. These may have been relaxed in recent times but one can still only buy wines and spirits from the State-owned stores. Just ask in any town for Systemet, by which name they are generally known, and you are almost sure to get prompt and exact directions! Beware, they close around 1.00 pm on Saturdays and do not re-open until Monday morning!]
The range of habitat varies from Arctic to North European temperate. It can be extremely warm in the summer months as the very long days around midsummer can mean many more hours of sunshine than you ever find in the Tropics. In the extreme north in the summer there is a period of 24 hours of daylight each day, with the converse of perpetual darkness in the winter. That need not be as bad as it sounds as if there is snow on the ground and there is a clear sky, then there can be a particularly beautiful light, which, if you are lucky, might even be enhanced by the sight of the Aurora Borealis.
Mosquitoes are one of Sweden's main drawbacks. You can't catch malaria but if you're like me and attract any mosquito within 100 miles, you need to check in advance as to which dates are likely to be mosquito free!
The country has huge forests and thousands of lakes, two of which, Vänern and Vättern, are among the largest in Europe. Most are located in the southern third of the country between Gothenburg and Stockholm. Between Vänern and Vättern, in the province of Västergötland is Hornborgasjön (Lake Hornboga); which is a definite hot-spot for birders Many species can be seen there and in the immediate surroundings, highlights include; Common Cranes, Ospreys, White-tailed Eagles, Thrush Nightingale, and Corncrake. Immediately east of Vättern, in Östergötland is Tåkern - another lake of enormouse importance for birds.
The Stockholm archipelago in the Baltic is very large – something over 20,000 islands, many uninhabited but there are regular boats running like bus services all over the area. A great variety of sea and land birds can be seen by taking a ferry from Stockholm to Sandhamn or Finnhamn and spending a day or two in the outer archipelago. There is good accommodation to be had, but these destinations are popular, so pre-booking is advisable.
Two other wonderful sites to mention are Falsterbo, over which many of the estimated 500 million migrating birds, which leave Scandinavia every autumn, fly, and Ottenby. Falsterbo is not far from Malmö in Skåne (the extreme south of Sweden) and Ottenby is the extreme tip of Öland, which is a long thin island, running more or less north to south, just off the Baltic coast of the province of Blekinge.
There are many more good bird-watching sites which, with a little research, you will be able find out about for yourselves so you can plan your itineraries accordingly. You can gain a lot of useful information by reading the trip reports that are published later in this section. Good birding!
As I remarked above, English speakers will not have problems communicating with the natives in Sweden! Below you will find a lot of links to web sites and some of these give you the option to read it in English but most do not. Do not despair. Look out for the words Styrelse, which means management or committee and you should find names and addresses to contact or Kontakt, and often a ready made e-mail form appears.
Don't hesitate to e-mail in English – you are sure to get a friendly and helpful reaction…
Gulf of Bothnia
The northern coasts of Scandinavia are famous for their bird locations, both on the Atlantic coast and in the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. In the Gulf of Bothnia you find birdstations on many islands, and there are many sanctuaries for birds. In the middle part of the bay of the Gulf of Bothnia you find the archipelago of Lulea. A place where birds from East Europe, the Barents region, the coasts of the Gulf of Bothnia and from the forests of northern Sweden gathers. The archipelago is the largest brackish water archipelago in the world, and the landscape shows a variety of topographies with stony islands, cliffs, untouched forests and sandy beaches. Some of the species found there are caspian tern, turnstone, temminck's stint, red-necked grebe, black grouse, capercaillie, ptarmigan, red-necked phalarope, black guillemot, razorbill, velvet scoter, white-tailed eagle and red-throated diver.
Co-Author 'Whose Bird'
Summers in Sweden
Number of Species
National Bird: Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
Number of bird species: 478
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Lake Hornborga, Sweden
The Return of a Bird Lake Tomas Hertzman and Torsten Larsson Series: WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION 50 82 pages, col photos, figs, maps. Wetlands International Distributed by NHBS 1999
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Fältstation & Fågelstation
These two terms are used for observatories and so forth and trans;late into the slightly different 'Field Station' and 'Bird Station' respectively.
Blackbird Turdus merula
Ölands Ornitologiska Förening
Öland is the long thin island off the south-east coast – near Kalmar. It is fantastically good place for birding…
Östra Smålands Ornitologiska Förening
Östra Smålands Ornitologiska Förening (ÖSOF) är en regionalförening till Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening. Föreningens syfte är att främja utforskandet och skyddet av fågelfaunan inom fastlandsdelen av Kalmar län - East Småland’s Ornithological Association. Småland is a large county in central southern Sweden to the west of Kalmar. It is very heavily wooded…
Dalarnas Ornitologiska Förening
This is the County Association for Dalarna or, as it is sometime called, Dalecarlia, which is a county in the middle of Sweden. There is a very large lake called Siljan there. It is a very attractive area…
Dalslands Ornitologiska Förening
Another County Association. Dalsland is south of Dalarna and has a lot of large and fine lakes including a shore line on Lake Vanern, which is really a small sea. Our contributor remembers it with affection for the wonderful views he had in Dalsland of ospreys…
Föreningen Södermanlands Ornitologer
FSO är en ideell förening för fågelintresserade på alla nivåer. FSO bildades 1967 och dess förste ordförande var Ingemar Nord. Vi ska bland annat verka för fågelforskning och fågelskydd, samt biträda myndigheter och organisationer i behandlingen av ornitologiskt betydelsefulla naturvårdsfrågor. A county association. Södermanland is the area south-west of Stockholm, between there and about Norrköping…
Falkenbergs Ornitologiska Förening
FOF är en ideell förening som vänder sig till alla fågelintresserade. Du som blivit nyfiken och vill veta mer om fåglar eller du som redan är en inbiten fågelskådare – alla är välkomna till oss! A town`s club. Falkenberg is a small port on the West Coast of Sweden between Gothenburg and Halmstad.
A town club. Gävle is quite a large town WNW of Stockholm on the coast near to the entrance of the Gulf of Bothnia. Near there one of Sweden`s large rivers, Dalälven flows into the Baltic…
Gothenburg Ornithological Society
The Gothenburg Ornithological Society (GOF) is a non-profit regional section of the Swedish Ornithological Society (SOF). GOF promotes the conservation and study of birds and bird-life as well as stimulation of bird interest. The activity area is the province of Gothenburg and Bohus and the province of Halland…
Halmstads Ornitologiska Förening
Hedemora Ornitologiska Förening
A town club. Hedemora is in Jämtland, quite far north, inland from Sundsvall…
Jämtland-Härjedalens Ornitologiska Förening
Jämtlands läns Ornitologiska Förening - Regional förening till SOF - An association covering two old counties – Jämtland & Härjedalen – which are now one administrative area. [The further north you go, the fewer people so combined county associations cover large areas]. The HQ is on an island called Frösön which is very close to Östersund, on the shore of another large lake called Storsjön…
Järvafältets Ornitologiska Klubb
Här kan du få information om kontaktpersoner inom JOK,de senaste observationerna av fåglar på Järvafältet,lokalbeskrivningar, artlistor och mycket mer - another town bird club…
Karlstads Ornitologiska Förening
Karlstad is a large important town on the northern side of Lake Vänern. A large river, Klarälven flows through the town and into the lake…
Kronobergs Ornitologiska Förening
The Kronoberg Ornithological Society (KOF) is an organisation for ornithologist and public interested in the birds of southern Sweden…
Lidingö Ornitologiska Förening
Lidingö Ornitologiska Förening är öns egen lokalförening för fågel- och naturintresserade av alla åldrar. Föreningen bildades 1977 och har nu cirka 200 medlemmar. Varje år anordnas en rad exkursioner på Lidingö där medlemmarna under kunnig guidning besöker öns fågellokaler. Vi gör även enstaka längre resor till fågellokaler runtom i landet. Föreningen ordnar också föredragskvällar med bildvisning från när och fjärran. LOFs aktiviteter publiceras i Meddelande från LOF som utkommer 3 gånger om året - Lidingö is an island and a town on the northern outskirts of Stockholm. If there was not a bridge to cross you wouldn`t know that it was separate. A useful site for people who are visiting the capital and have little time. From Central Stockholm it is about 45 minutes.
Medelpads Ornitologiska Förening
Medelpads ornitologiska förening välkomnar alla som är intresserade av fåglar till öppet möte i Borgsjö naturum - Medelpad is an administrative area of which Sundsdvall is the most important town and administrative capital…
Närkes Ornitologiska Förening
Närke is a county due west of Stockholm. The centre is Örebro, famous for making biscuits(!) which is on Lake Hjälmaren…
Nordöstra Skånes Fågelklubb
The action area of the Bird society is the municipalities of Kristianstad and Bromölla in NE Scania. The great variety of different habitats – with the wetlands of Kristianstads Vattenrike in centre – is the fundament for the abundant bird life of the area…
Norrbottens Ornitologiska Förening
Välkommen till NOF:s hemsida! Här hoppas vi kunna tillgodose ditt lystmäte när det gäller fåglar och fågelskådning i vårt nordligaste län. Vi vill även passa på att bjuda in dig till NOF och dess verksamhet. Har du idéer om hemsidan eller vår förening, känner du lust att engagera dig i NOF eller vill du helt enkelt bara veta mer om oss - hör av dig! Norrbotten is a large county in the extreme north. You can see Lapps with Reindeers and beware of the mosquitos which are venomous but non-malarial.
Ornitologiska klubben i Eskilstuna
Eskilstuna is an old town, famous for working copper, near to the southern side of Lake Mälaren – Stockholm is at the extreme eastern end of that lake…
Roslagens Ornitologiska Förening
Välkommen till ROFs hemsida! - Roslagen is the coastal area north of Stockholm. It is the Stockholm administrative area and is part of the County of Uppland…
The Scanian Ornithological Society (SkOF) is a regional chapter of the Swedish Ornithological Society (SOF). Research about birds in Scania, e.g. counts, extensive ringing of birds and bird migration studies at Falsterbo Bird Observatory. As a member of the Scanian Ornithological Society you will always be updated with the latest news, just call our answering machine…;
Stockholms Ornitologiska Förening
Stockholm`s very own bird club…
Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening Regionalföreningar
Annotated list of Regional groups of the SOF…
Swedish Ornithology Society
Ekhagsvagen 3, 5-104 03 Stockholm. +46 (0)8 6122530 birdlife@sofnet.Org Can’t get the English button to work except to translate the name of the organisation… if anyone could help…
Upplands Ornitologiska Förening
Uppland is the county that takes in Uppsala. Stockholm is in it at its extreme south and it stretches up to close to Gävle…
Värnamo, situated in the south of Sweden appr. 170 km east of Gothenburg, is a fine starting-point for exploring the birdlife of the western parts of the province of Småland. The region consists of habitatslike coniferous and deciduous forests, lakes, agricultural districts and bogs with the vast Store Mosse National Park as an outstanding area, similar to the bogs in Lapland in northern Sweden. The different habitats result in an interesting birdlife with both northern and southern species breeding. At the National Park you`ll find e.g. breeders like Whimbrel, Jack Snipe and Greenshank as well as Shoveler and Garganey…
Västergötlands Ornitologiska Förening
Site in Swedish.
Västmanlands Ornitologiska Förening
Gillar du att lyssna till morgontidiga tranor, huka för arga ugglor, spana in örnar? Gillar du storslagna naturupplevelser? Vill du ha sällskap i ditt fågelintresse? Då är vi föreningen för dig! Västmanland is the county immediately to the West of Uppland. I saw cranes there.
Varbergs Ornitologiska Förening
Varbergs Ornitilogiska Förening (Varbergs Ornithological Society) - Varberg is a community on the swedish west-coast.
The Getterön nature reserve consists of a part of the exposed seashore that dominates the central part of the Halland coast. The reserve lies within walking distance, only a few kilometres from the centre of Varberg and 70km south of Gothenburg.
How many Swedes realise that the last 30 km of the lower reaches of the River Helgeån, which include the lakes Araslövssjön, Hammarsjön, Egeside sjö and Yngsjön, evoke an openness, sanctuary and life in an area of countryside whose expressiveness cannot be found anywhere else in our country? There is a magnitude in this Water Kingdom which brings peace to the soul. This is southern Sweden, a flat
The convention entered into force in Sweden on 21 December 1975. Sweden currently has 68 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 654,865 hectares.
Forums & Mailing Lists
Ölands Ornitologiska Förening
To post to list: email@example.com
Box 15, 386 21 Färjestaden e-post föreningsärenden: firstname.lastname@example.org e-post medlemsärenden/försäljning: email@example.com e-post tidningen Calidris: firstname.lastname@example.org e-post rrk Öland: email@example.com
List contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing List – Discussion Group Send your request to join the mailing list for Norway, Sweden and Denmark (and automatically receive EuroBirdNet postings) to Bjorn Einar Sakseid, email@example.com.
Guides & Tour Operators
Bird Guiding in Kristianstad
Rune Stenholm Jakobsen - Hire your own birdguide when visiting Kristianstad…
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Rockjumper Birding Tours
The Scandinavian country of Sweden offers excellent temperate zone birding as well as cities and villages steeped in history. Our tour is timed for the prime spring period and encompasses a wide variety of habitats, allowing us to notch up most of the countries’ important species.
On Swallow Birding trips we are enthusiastic, relaxed, friendly and fun. Small groups mean Leader Steve Grimwade can give the time and attention necessary to make your trip a great birding experience!
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2008 [06 June] - Stephen Burch - Lake Annsjon region - central Sweden
Another business trip, this time to Stavanger in early June presented me with a further opportunity to experience a brief taste of the magic of birding in northern Europe. This time I decided to revisit the site of my first proper such trip, way back in my pre-camara days of 2002. The advantages of the Lake Annsjon area in central Sweden include straightforward access from Trondheim airport (east along the E14), magnificent scenery, and some relatively compact sites which allow northern species to be found without endless trekking through the sparsely populated (by birds and people) northern forests…
2009 [05 May] - Nick Mason - Lake Annsjon (Ånnsjön) region - central Sweden
… In addition to a pair of Cranes and two Whooper Swans, waders provided the main interest with my first ever summer plumage Ruff - a bizzare sight they were too! Also Wood Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Redshank and Greenshank. But no sign of Broad-billed Sandpiper or Red-necked Phalarope, both of which are reputed to occur here…
2010 [04 April] - Mark E P Hows - Heavenly Hornborgasjon
…We opted to go directly to Trandansen watchpoint to see the cranes, the latest count was 9400…
2010 [06 June] - Stephen Burch
…When the divers drifted away, back on the track, I heard a strange call behind me and turned round to see a Siberian Jay which flew straight past me, and landed just a few meters away…
2012 [04 April] - Daniel Green
…We drove past the Great Grey Owl site but it was too windy. Lake Hällsjön offered a stop since two White-tailed Eagles were sitting in a tree and some Bean Geese (50+) and Whooper Swans were swimming on the lake. Wigeon, Goosander, Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe were also in view; a Common Snipe called and a Bittern boomed away. The flooded fields near the hotel Salbohedsgården was also lively with birds, mostly Black-headed Gulls, but also two Green Sandpipers. It seems that the waders have just started to arrive….
2012 [04 April] - Jos Stratford
… highlights being the spring gatherings of Common Cranes at Lake Hornborga. As the numbers climbed over recent years, so too had my interest in witnessing the spectacle, the 2010 bonanza of 18,000 birds just mouth-watering to the extreme…
2012 [09 September] - Howard Williams - Falsterbo
…We had a female lesser spotted woodpecker come and perch in the open not 2 metres away and look at us. What a beautiful bird - she decided not to migrate and went back across the golf course to the trees. Then we had the spectacle of a black woodpecker trying the same thing only to decide not to migrate (This same bird was seen the next day also but it didnt migrate)….
2015 [09 September] - John van der Woude - Gotland (incl. Öland & Falsterbo)
...Nolie and I found Gotland, in a sunny second September week and only in the south, a great destination for roaming around and finding our own birds. We saw many raptors and loads of flycatchers, to mention two extremes. The number and diversity of raptors was greater here on southern Gotland than we are used to see on southern Öland.
Places to Stay
Falsterbo Bird Observatory
Cheap comfortable lodging at the observatory.
KlintaOutdoor offers high-standard holiday accommodation in the form of a holiday apartment and a holiday home in southern Öland, in the heart of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The area is of particular interest to birdwatchers, botanists, golfers and nature lovers in general…
Swedish Country House - Blekinge
A perfect getaway from the city hustle suitable for people looking for a relaxed natural environment for fishing, swimming, tennis & a Yoga retreat from London. 4 minutes to the sea, pike fishing in the archipelago, Ronneby Brunn Spa & Golf, easy access to Ronneby airport for Stockholm, Karlskrona, direct train to Copenhagen Airport and the city of Malmo.
Falsterbo Bird Show
Falsterbo Bird Show - A Nature and Environmental Fair focusing on Birds. Falsterbo Bird Show is an annual nature and environmental fair focusing on birds. The aim is to increase public interest in nature in general and birds in particular and generate funding for bird protection and conservation. In this year’s edition of the fair children and family activities took a prominent place along with a variety of outdoor experiences for everyone. Falsterbo Bird Show takes place every year in late August early September at the riding facility Falsterbo Horse Show arena in Falsterbo, southern Sweden.
Falsterbo Bird Observatory
Falsterbo Bird Observatory is owned and administrated by the Scanian Ornithological Society. The work is managed by the Falsterbo committee. The Observatory is since 1988 also a meteorological station under the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
Välkommen till Hammarö fågelstations hemsida. Här kan du läsa om vår verksamhet, som i huvudsak består av ringmärkning och observationer av flyttfåglar. Fågelstationen drivs av Karlstads Ornitologiska Förening med ekonomiskt stöd av Hammarö kommun samt Länsstyrelsen i Värmland. Vill du veta mera är det bara att klicka vidare här under. Vill du bara ha en sammanfattning av verksamheten finns den här…
Hornborgasjöns Fältstation - Lake Hornborga Observatory
I det ålderdomliga landskapet vid Västergötlands platåberg ligger Hornborgasjön. En mängd fornminnen och stenmurar vittnar om gångna generationers verksamhet. Berömd som fågelsjö, sargad av sjösänkningar, åter väckt till liv genom en omfattande och unik restaurering. Ett paradis för rastande och häckande våtmarksfåglar. De rastande tranornas ystra danssteg lockar varje vår stora skaror besökare.
Kvismare Bird Observatory
Kvismare Bird Observatory was started in spring 1961. A male blackbird was the first bird to be ringed. Since the start more than 260 000 birds have been ringed, and some 100 different research project have been or are still carried out at the bird observatory…
Lake Annsjohn Bird Observatory
Lake Annsjon Bird Observatory is situated in the Scandinavian mountain range, some 150 km east of the Norwegian city Trondheim and some 600 km north-west of Stockholm. It is a non-profit organisation and voluntary workers from Sweden and several other European countries survey bird populations in the area by counting breeding birds on mires and mountains and ringing passerines. This field work is carried out from early June to late August - early September, depending on weather and staff availability.
Here you can find information from the biological research organisation Tåkern Field Station. The Field Station is situated at lake Tåkern in southern Sweden and works primarily with birds and botany. On our pages you can find information about the lake, some of our projects and read some parts of our newsletters…
Torhamns och Utklippans Fågelstation
Bird Ringing Centre - Swedish Museum of Natural History
In Sweden all scientific bird ringing is administrated by the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Since the start of bird ringing in Sweden in 1911 more than eight million individual wild birds have been ringed and more than 120 000 of them have been recovered. Bird ringing, as a scientific method, is very important for our knowledge about reproduction, migration and survival rates in many bird species. The Bird Ringing Centre publishes, on an annual basis, a report with maps and comments on interesting recoveries, ringing statistics and a comprehensive list of recoveries in full detail…
Birding in Stockholm
Diary of my birding trips around Stockholm Sweden…
Blogbirder - Alan Dalton
I am an irish birder living in Sweden and have recently started a blog based on birding in the Stockholm area…
Welcome to my blog about birds, butterflies, moths and other aspects of nature that i mainly enjoy in svartådalen – the black river valley, in the county västmanland, sweden. This is my turf, where i love to be, where me and my family have a house (in the lovely village fläckebo), and where i also share a lot of nature experience with visiting people from all around.
Lag Claudia Staab
Includes many photos as well as text about birding in Sweden
Landgrens Homepage of Birds
Swedish birding blog…
Any Swedish speakers care to translate?
Swedish birding photoblog…
e.g. "Så var det dags. Sommaren börjar ta slut, och fåglarna börjar synas igen i takt med att löven faller för grupptrycket. Med andra ord är det hög tid att köra milleniets näst första Ölandsrally, kräftrace eller vad du väljer att kalla det! Det är bara till att skramla ihop ett lag snarast och så fort som möjligt, dock senast den 27 augusti, anmäla detta till undertecknad, lämpligen via e-post. Deltagarantalet begränsas av utrymmena i Stenhusa bod, så som vanligt gäller först-till-kvarn principen. Känn dig varmt välkommen!"
Ringmärkning på Sydkusten
Birdringing at Southern coast of Sweden…
I din trädgård eller på din balkong är det den mest ideala platsen för människor och fåglar att mötas. Genom att erbjuda fåglarna föda, vatten och möjligheter till att bygga sina nästen, blir din trädgård en attraktiv omgivning. Men du kommer också att få mycket nöje av dessa trevliga besök i din trädgård. Deras beteende är nämligenen ett fi nt skådespel. Det viktigaste är och blir att du bidrar till att skydda fåglarna. Också för de andra trädgårdsdjuren, så som igelkottar, ekorrar och fjärilar har vi olika produkter i vårat sortiment…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Atelje Björkman
Born in Linköping, Sweden, in 1945 and since 1978 a fulltime artist. Lives in the village of Ödeshög (still Sweden) close to the big, cold and deep freshwaterlake Vättern, birdlake Tåkern and below the shadow of Mountain Omberg. Right in the middle of southern Sweden, where the nature and culture is so very rich. A special place on earth indeed, with a blessed light - just perfect for an artist with nature and landscape in mind! Gebbe is well known for his paintings in water colour, oil and tempera, based on sketches directly from reality in the nature - refined in the studio to pictures containing both an inner as well as an outside density, where light- and colour-treatment composition plays great and important roles.
Artist - Johannes Nevala
This site enables you to experience artistry where the birds are the main attraction. With pen, sketchbook and telescope I catch impressions of the life of the seashore and its birds. In the studio these field drawings help me create my oil- and watercolour paintings. On my page you can study my artistry and order paintings. Johannes Nevala. An artist based in Sweden.
Klinta Bird Prints
We stock over 1300 antique bird prints, as well as many antique botany and butterfly prints, which can be purchased in our bird print shop and Gallery in Klinta on the island of Öland in Sweden…
Photographer - Brutus Ostling
Writer and photographer…
Photographer - Erik Edvardsson
Photographer - Johan Stenlund
Bird Photographs - Johan Stenlund http://www.pbase.com/johanstenlund Excellent photographs from this Swedish birder…
Photographer - Lasse Olssen
Bird photos, mainly from Sweden…
Photographer - Michael Gehrisch
American photgorapher who has lived in Sweden for over a decade…
Svahn’s Birdphotos from Sweden
Site with photos of birds from Sweden…