20. Ottenby area

Ottenby area The Ottenby area with Ottenby Nature Reserve is Sweden’s foremost bird habitat, in terms of the number of observed species. The area is also the most likely to produce the best distribution of birding on Öland, whatever time of year. What makes the area so great is the variety of the landscape of   …Continue Reading

19. Gräsgårds hamn (harbour)

Gräsgårds hamn (harbour) Another way to get to Gammalsbyören is to start from Gräsgårds hamn (harbour), which is well signposted from the eastern main road north of the village of Gräsgård. Just as “Seby läge”, this harbour is a great place to watch migratory birds in the autumn. Take cover behind the boathouses, or look   …Continue Reading

18. Seby läge and Gammalsbyören

Seby läge and Gammalsbyören Seby läge, in birding circuits more known as Sebybadet (Seby bath), accessible by turning east towards the sea from the east main road 500 meters north of the road between Torngård and Södra Möckleby. It is a great place to watch the migrating birds, and a walk south to Gammalsbyörens wetlands   …Continue Reading

17. Västerstadsviken (bay)

Västerstadsviken The shallow Västerstadsviken (bay of Västerstad) south of Eckelsudde, as the site earlier, incorrectly, often was called in birding circles, is a paradise for resting waders and ducks. In the summertime you will find gadwalls, pied avocets and little terns nesting here. A kilometer south of Nedre Västerstad, from road to Degerhamn, is a   …Continue Reading

16. Görans dämme

Görans dämme Görans dämme (dam) is named after the farmer who in 2004 took the initiative to restore this coastal wetland, which, like so many other Öland wetlands had previously been drained. Now here is open water areas over which the black terns flutters in the summer, and where dabbling ducks and waders have returned   …Continue Reading

15. Penåsa

Penåsa An alternative to experience the Alvar at Möckelmossen is to turn eastward just south of the church in Kastlösa,. After two kilometers on the graveled road is a parking lot near the abandoned village Penåsa. From here you can walk on the old railway embankment to the southeast through a pine forest and out   …Continue Reading

14. Sockerbruksområdet in Mörbylånga

The former sugar mill area in Mörbylånga In the early 1990s, the sugar mill in Mörbylånga closed down. Remaining was a ghostly industrial landscape, but the industrial building has now got a new life, with artists and some shops and facilities for the youth in the area. At the location is a large and convenient   …Continue Reading

13. Stenåsabadet and Stora ören

Stenåsabadet and Stora ören In the southern part of Stenåsa a road sign points eastward toward Stenåsabadets campsite. At the campsite there are examples of the isolated groves of trees on the southeast coast of Öland that, especially during the fall, has a rare attraction for small birds flying in from the sea. Also in   …Continue Reading

12. Möckelmossen

Möckelmossen Möckelmossen is the largest wetland at the “Stora Alvar” (the unique and typical moor of Öland), with a parking lot along the road between Resmo and Stenåsa. The area is an accessible starting point for studying the birdlife of the “Alvar”. The wetland is located one kilometer north of the parking lot. The surrounding   …Continue Reading

11. Beijershamn

Beijershamn The amazing bird habitat Beijershamn is a result of a failed project in the 1840s. It was planned to become Öland’s largest port and compete with Färjestaden, but rapid siltation turned it into an overgrown sea gulf, and later the wetland area. In the end, the area turned into a sea of reed. In   …Continue Reading

10. Södra utmossen at Lenstad village

Södra utmossen at Lenstad village At the border between Mittlandsskogen (forest) and the “Stora alvar” (the unique and typical moor of Öland) is “Södra utmossen”, sometimes also called “Lenstad mosse” (mosse = wetland or swamp). This wetland has before, like so many others on the island, been drained and has unfortunately also suffered unsuccessful restorations.   …Continue Reading

09. Stora rör

Stora rör 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. In the harbor area there are many parking lots and at the waterfront is a newly built platform with a roof to seek shelter under.   …Continue Reading

08. Halltorps hage

Halltorps hage No other area in Sweden is home to so many rare organisms as Halltorps hage with its surroundings. Within a 5 x 5 km large area, including the nature reserve, there is 17 percent of all Swedish red listed species, including many vascular plants, lichens, and especially insects. The unique beetle great Capricorn   …Continue Reading

07. Kapelludden

Kapelludden Kapelludden can be reached by turning east just north of Bredsättra church toward Kapelluddens “fyr” lighthouse. Already along the four-kilometer long road towards the boathouses on the headland, it may be worth checking the surroundings, since the Eurasian Curlew as well as the Black-tailed Godwit is nesting here. Park at the nearest boathouses, and   …Continue Reading

06. Petgärde träsk (Swamp)

Petgärde träsk (Swamp) The classic birding premises Petgärde swamp will represent one of the few remnants of Öland “agmyrar” (saw-sedge boggys) that survived the great reclamation and ditching period in the late 1800s and until the 1940s. The area was originally a shallow lake that was drained rather late. Still, during the spring, there are   …Continue Reading

05. Södviken

Södviken The Bird protection area Södviken, is internationally classified as an extremely valuable wetland area, and is yet another example of a shallow bay with associated grazed meadows, typical of northeastern Oland. Best way to get there is from the main road 136 and turn towards Södvik and then about 200 meters north of the   …Continue Reading

04. Högby hamn (Harbour)

Högby hamn (Harbour) With Högby “hamn” (harbour) we here refer to the wetlands and the coastal stretch south of the harbour, and you reach it by turning east to “Sandbybadet” about a kilometer north of the roundabout at Högby church. At the two lagoons south of Snadbybadet and the harbor is dabbling ducks, waders and   …Continue Reading

03. Horns ”kungsgård” (State demesne) and Hornsjön (lake)

Horns ”kungsgård” (State demesne) and Hornsjön (lake) West of Öland’s only real lake, Hornsjön, is the State demesne “Horns Kungsgårds” nature reserve located. This is a beautiful landscape of lush broadleaf forest, interspersed with pastures and sparsely vegetated meadows with pollarded trees. The reserve’s many small local environments, ranging from dry meadows and scrubland to   …Continue Reading

01. Ölands norra udde (The northen head of Öland)

Ölands norra udde (The northen head of Öland) Protruding headlands along the birds’ migratory routes are always good from a birding point of view, especially in spring and autumn. If the landscape also is rich in environments like shallow bays, grazed meadows, marshes, rubble fields, low pine trees, hawthorn thickets and foliage groves, it becomes   …Continue Reading

02. The bay of Böda and the Böda harbour

Bödabukten och Böda hamn (The bay of Böda and the Böda harbour) The bay of Böda and the many miles of beaches offer not only sun and bath, but also very good birding, especially early in the season. Waters constitutes an important wintering and resting place for sea birds such as auks and loons. In   …Continue Reading