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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
K Jutila Pori, Satakunta Anytime Finnish, English, Swedish, some German
Living & recording birds in Pori along the Bothnian Sea & the largest riverdelta in Northern Europe (Kokem enjoki), I can guide You in THE birding hotspot of F-land. Owls hoot February-March, ducks & geese migrate in April & September, waders in May & September, Haliaeetus is the most common bird of prey year round. June late night offers: Acrocephalus dumetorum, Botaurus stellaris, Locustella naevia & fluviatilis, Porzana porzana & Rallus aquaticus.
J Hintikka Helsinki, Uusimaa Anytime Finnish, English, German, Swedish
I am happy to help any birder who is visiting the Helsinki area, we have some interesting forest species and fine wetlands too. Spring is the best time, but remember to bring your binoculars anytime even for a short business trip.
T Pohjola Helsinki, Uusimaa Weekends Finnish, English
I’m a birder, from Helsinki, Finland. I’m interested in photography and nature, especially stars. I don’t own a car, but the public transportation is cheap and good here in Helsinki. The best time for birding in Finland is from April to summer solstice (21.6. day length is about 19 hours, in winter it is less than 6 hours), when the birds are returning and the nights have much light. Also the early autumn is a nice time for birding in Finland. In the middle of Helsinki there is a wetland where you can listen to many different birds in the silence.
H Högmander Jyväskylä, Central Finland Weekend Finnish, English
I Vatanen Jyväskylä, Central Finland Weekend Finnish, English, Swedish, French, some German
I have had birds as hobby for 30 years. Typical landscape for Central Finland are lakes and deciduos forests. There are not any rarities nesting here, but e.g. Siberian Jays (perisoreus infaustus) and during rodent einters man different species of owls can be hearded here. Our locan birdwatchers association is active andd there are many bird towers in vicinity.
H Lehto Kaarina/Turku, South West Anytime Finnish, English
J Piipponen Kouvola, Kymenlaakso Anytime Finnish, English

O Haukkovaara Valkeakoski, Lansi-Suomi Anytime Finnish, English
Valkeakoski is located in southern Finland, between two bigger towns, Tampere and Hämeenlinna.
This is a good birding area with lot's of different biotopes; many kind of lakes, ponds and rivers, fields and meadows and all kind of woods from coniferous taiga to deciduous forests.

No matter on what time of year you arrive, here you will find always interesting birds to see.

Within one or two hours drive you will also find couple of wonderful national parks.
Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme and Lounais-Häme counties, tens of wetlands, five national parks and many other birding hot spots

Area Birds:
owls, white-tailed eagles, ospreys, woodpeckers, capercaillie, hazel grouse, black grouse, eastern warblers, and many more
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, dragonflies, bats, geocaching
Travel: bus, car, biking, walking, hiking, backpack, canoe, boat
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, architecture, shop
Attend: concert, live music, sports event, competition (especially bird rallies)
Participate: night life, party, pub, bar, rock, country, blues, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games

J Linden Turku, SW Finland Mainly weekends and evenings. Swedish, Finnish, English, Russian, German, some Italian French & Japanese
I'm 49 years old. Been birding since I was twelve. It is definitely my main hobby.

If I have free time, I go birding.

I'm interested in languages and speak 4 fluently and know the basics of another 4.

I'm an university lecturer by profession.
Mietoistenlahti, Halikonlahti, Ruissalo, Jarvela, Raisionlahti, Kuhankuono

Area Birds:
Grey-headed woodpecker, common rosefinch, ortolan bunting, Blyth's reed warbler
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, cross country skiing, swimming, astronomy Travel: stroll, walking, ship, cruise, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, Attend: concert, ballet, theatre, live music, Participate: wine, beer
H Allonen Turku, South-West Finland Anytime Finnish, English, German, Swedish
S Kullberg Hyvinkaa, Uusimaa Weekend Finnish, Swedish, English, German


  J Sodersved Lohja, Uusimaa Anytime English, Swedish, Spanish, Finnish
  I’m a birder and the Editor of Linnut, the main birding magazine in Finland. Nowadays I prefer birding and ringing in my local patch and nearby, but I also regularly travel abroad for birding. I’m happy to spend some hours or a day with any birder visiting western parts of Uusimaa.

Lohja is situated less than an hour from Helsinki or the airport, between Helsinki and Turku. Lake Lohja and dozens of smaller lakes and ponds together with different types of forests and farmland create a variety of biotopes offering always some interesting birds depending on the season.
Lake Lohja, Karkali nature park, several nature trails etc.

Area Birds:
Barnacle Goose, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Red-throated & Back-throated Diver, Red-necked & Slavonian Grebe, Caspian Tern, Pygmy & Tengmalm's Owl, Woodpeckers, Waxwing, Thrush Nightingale, Grasshopper & River Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Blyth's Reed & Marsh Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Spotted Nutcracker, Common Rosefinch

Nature: Nature: birdwatching, twitching, ringing, photography, butterflies, etc.
Travel: walking, hiking, car, biking, canoe
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, arboretum

Professional Guides

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