14. Sockerbruksområdet in Mörbylånga
GPS: 56.52645, 16.38678
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 car park.
Northwest is the Mörbylånga sugar mill park that now is a recreation area with a rich birdlife. During the sugar mill era the area of networked embanked ponds was used for washing of sugar beet.
Today, the area is developed with walking trails and an observation tower, from which one can see ducks, moorhens and grebes.
In the conglomeration of elderberry bushes, cow parsley thickets and reeds are a rich bird life where nightingales and marsh warblers hold court in early summer nights. Even in early autumn have the bushes a strong attraction on small birds, not least thanks to the rich offer of elderberries.
Slideshow pictures: Red-necked Grebe © LL, Marsh Warbler© LL, Thrush Nightingale © LL, Gadwall © LL, Black-necked Grebe © LL
LL: Lars Lundmark
Source: Ölands Fåglar © Ölands Ornitologiska Förening ÖOF (authors this chapter: Pav Johnsson)
The book: Ölands Fåglar, 496 pages (only in Swedish), can be ordered at Naturbokhandeln