20 birding locations

The whole island of Öland could justifiably be described as a single fantastic place for birding, one big birding location, with migrating birds the year around and with a unique and spectacular environment.

Here we will describe 20 birding locations that together well covers most of the richness that characterizes Ölands bird fauna.

The selected birding locations have all in common, that they are easy to find, to park at and can handle high visitor pressure. Some of the sites are bird sanctuaries with restricted access during parts of the year, however, the County Administrative Board of Kalmar has arranged so that there are marked trails and areas where it is possible to be the year around.

A visit to the northern head of Öland is interesting the year around, but April to June is best.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 57.3667212, 17.091154

Here are sea birds resting in the winter time. Very good birding, especially early in the season.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 57.23963, 17.07444

Here it’s the birds in the groves that attract birders in the spring and early summer.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 57.19203, 16.92353

Meadows and headlands interspersed with shallow bays, ideal for resting waders and seabirds.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 57.17032, 17.04324

The Bird protection area Södviken, is internationally classified as an extremely valuable wetland area. Nesting waders, terns, dabbling ducks and geese during spring and summer.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 57.04359, 16.90890

Nowadays dabbling ducks, snipes and geese is nesting here, and during summer Eurasian Hobby, White-tailed Eagle and Montagu's Harrier hunts in the area.


Location: Northern Öland
GPS: 56.96851, 16.84872

Kapelludden has huge appeal for resting waders and sea birds, and is well worth a visit all year round.


Location: Central Öland
GPS: 56.81823, 16.83970

The bird choir is rich in May and June, and there are species such as stock dove, collared flycatcher, hawfinches and wood warbler.


Location: Central Öland
GPS: 56.79447, 16.56657

Stora rör’s harbour area is the premier site of western Öland for sea bird migration and thus is a place to visit mainly during the spring and autumn.


Location: Central Öland
GPS: 56.75651, 16.52815

A breeding habitat for wetland birds, and during a visit in spring or summer can dabbling ducks, snipes, birds of prey and, in some years, Black Terns be seen.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.61011, 16.55911

The amazing bird habitat with a two-kilometer hiking trail around the reserve, adapted so it's handicap accessible, and along the hiking trail there are two observation towers.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.58650, 16.41456

Möckelmossen are especially worth visiting during spring and summer. Early autumn can also offer considerable amounts of overnight cranes.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.52804, 16.51992

Visits during the summer are recommended, but also in the fall, since the area has a rare attraction on small birds flying in from the sea.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.50174, 16.62117

A rich bird life where Nightingales and Marsh Warblers holds court in early summer nights. Even in early autumn have the bushes a strong attraction on small birds.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.52645, 16.38678

A morning visit in late spring or autumn is recommended.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.44319, 16.46541

Here you find open water areas over which the black terns flutters in the summer.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.44618, 16.58252

The shallow Västerstadsviken (bay) south of Eckelsudde is a paradise for resting waders and ducks. In the summertime you will find Gadwalls, Pied Avocets and Little Terns nesting here.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.41493, 16.40607

It is a great place to watch the migrating birds, particularly during the summer and early fall when many waders rest here.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.33196, 16.54294

Just as “Seby läge”, is this harbour a great place to watch migratory birds in the autumn.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.31727, 16.53191

The Ottenby area with Ottenby Nature Reserve is Sweden's foremost bird habitat, in terms of the number of observed species. Ottenby is a quality location the year around, always interesting.


Location: Southern Öland
GPS: 56.19765, 16.39946