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Initial Last Name Area Available Language


  A. Kukka G?¤vle, G?¤vleborgs l?¤n Sporadically English, Swedish, Finnish, German
  I've been actively birding since getting bitten by the bug in India 2017. I work long and irregular hours in the hospital, but would be happy to host and show around fellow birders when available. I do not have a car but can lend you a bike. I have a good idea of the sites and sightings around Gävle, which honestly isn't a major destination for birders. Observing spring migration along the coast and listening to night singers during early summer can be quite rewarding though. Area:
Local wetlands, nature reserves, fields.

Area Birds:
The southernmost Siberian Jays in Sweden are possible during winter (60kms ).
Nature: birdwatching, photography, skiing
Travel: hiking, climbing, train, bus, hitchhiking, biking, backpacking.

L Hedh Mariehamn, Åland Islands Anytime Swedish, English
Åland Islands is one of Sweden's most interesting places considering birds. The islands located in the Swedish southeast coast is a magnet for migrating birds. I have been birdwatching in the area for almost 10 years.
S Lemureell Gothenburg, Bohuslan Anytime Swedish, English, German
B Sjoblom Falun, Dalarna Weekend English


  A Fletcher Boras, Gothenburg; Vastra Gotaland Anytime English
  Born in England, but currently live close to Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. I have guided professionally in South Africa and Argentina, and have birded on every continent (except Antarctica!).

My background is in Wildlife Conservation, and I currently work remotely for Wetlands International. I have participated as a guest speaker at the South American Birdfair and co-lead a course for beginner nature guides in Argentina.

Sweden is a fantastic country that is not lacking in natural wonder, helped tonnes by the wonderful Allemansratt (Freedom to Roam), which allows us to explore well off the beaten track. The birding here is good all year round.
Southern coast, wetlands & forests.

Hornborgasjon, Getteron, Tolken

Area Birds:
Common Crane, waders, waterfowl, birds of prey etc
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino

B Ollberg Visby, Gotland Anytime Swedish, English, Finnish, German
J Strand Halmstad, Halland Anytime English
G Karlsson Varberg, Halland Anytime Swedish, English
Varberg has excellent bird watching spots in the vicinity of this small city. Waders, all kind of water birds and birds of prey are to be seen in the coastal area.


  L Rydell Orebro, Narke Anytime Swedish, English, French, Spanish
  I have been a birder for more than 25 years and love to visit new countries. Arebro is probably the best "inland" area to visit in Sweden. So many birds around, especially May and June is great. If you go hard you can easily see +150 birds in 2 days/ evenings Area:
Kvismaren, Oset, Tysslingen and Blue mountains

Area Birds:
all types as locations include wetlands, farmlands, open and

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, tourist site, ski run/trail, live music, sports event, competition, rock, classical, wine, beer />Play: cards, sports,

D Bengtsson Kalmar, Oland Weekend Swedish, English
I spend most of my time in Kalmar, which is close to the Oland and Ottenby Bird Observatory. I have also lived in Shanghai, China, and will return there frequently.
B Waldemarsson Höllviken, Skåne(Scania) Anytime Swedish, English, German
I live at the Falsterbo Peninsula and have access to a car.
A Carter Höllviken, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English, Swedish
I am English but have lived in this area for about 10 years and have developed an interest in birds as a result. The Falsterbo peninsula is one of the major migration routes in Europe yet offers year round birding interest.
A Strand Kristianstad, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English
G Knutsson Kristianstad, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English
H Cronert Kristianstad, Skåne(Scania) Anytime Swedish, English
J Wikström Kungsbacka/Göteborg, Skåne(Scania) Anytime Swedish, English, some German
Area with lot of coast, both rock and mud. Sea-birds when windy. Osprey, Pereguine, possible Eagle Owl. Whitetailed Eagle in winter. I don't have a car. 30 years experience of local birdlife.
D Rosenqvist Lund, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English

M Berg Lund, Skåne(Scania) Anytime Swedish, English
I study Biology at Lunds University and am a keen birder and amateur photographer that spend most of my spare time out in field.
A Holgersson Lund, Skåne(Scania) Weekend Swedish, English
I'm 58 years old and have been birding for about 40 years. I mostly birding in the South of Sweden but also Western Palearctic. Scania is situated in the south of Sweden: with woods, meadows, wetlands, shore and open sea. In fall there is great migration at the peninsula of Falsterbo.
M Lindbladh Malmö, Skåne(Scania) Weekend Swedish, English
R Dodsworth Höör, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English, Danish, some Swedish
Birdwatching is my hobby, not a ticker. Skåne is an excellent place to watch Scandinavian birds.Håpåpr
A Jones Ystad, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English
English birder with extensive internatinal experience, writer and artist. Located in Fyledalen for a lot of the year, when not travelling outside Sweden.
M Svensson Lessebo, Småland Anytime English
P Olsson Lund, Småland Anytime Swedish, English, Danish, German
I usually spend most of the year in Lund where I am studying environmental engineering. But during the summers I use to be either in Dalarna or at Småland. At Småland I work at the nature museum in Ottenby, and have also worked for some years at the bird observatory there. I will spend this autumn (2009) travelling around in southeast Asia and wont be back in Sweden until Christmas. But I will try to respond to any questions about birding in the areas I mentioned above. In my area in Dalarna the most interesting habitats to visit is old forests with owls, woodpeckers and grouses. At Ottenby it is mainly migrating birds that could be expected, during the summer when I use to be there, the most interesting birding is to look at shorebirds migrating south. Lund is quite close to Falsterbo (40km), which is a good place for migrating birds, but there are also some fresh water lakes in the area around Lund which use to keep plenty of birds as well. Of interest might also be that I do not have acces to a car when I am in Lund.
L Petersson Värnamo, Småland Anytime Swedish, English
R Lindqvist Värnamo, Småland Anytime Swedish, English, French, German
Close to national wild life park Store Mosse birdsanctuary of eagels nesting, northen species mainly waterfowl.
P Österblad Sölvesborg, South Sweden Weekend Swedish, English
I`m birding mostly within a radius of about 50km from Sölvesborg. Within this area theres probably the highest biodiversity in Sweden, but note theres none of the northern species. (as an American birder once thought). Next to Sölvesborg (20 min drive) to Kristianstad. Krisitianstad is the community that have most breeding/singing species i Sweden. So this area is quite good... Birding most of my sparetime (exept in midwinter/midsummer (only once or twice weekly - low season), and a keen twitcher. Know/recognice all the birds in the field, from all of europe, both by sight and ear.
T Viktor Stockholm, Uppland Weekend Swedish, English
I study migration in Stockholm SW area during spring and autumn. I am also a very enthusiastic bird survey participiant and responsible for the second Atlas of breeding birds in the Stockholm area consisting of 350 squares (5X5 km).
R Elleby Stockholm, Uppland Weekend Swedish, English, some French


  J Ohlin Skovde, Vastra Gotaland Anytime English
  I'm a nature explorer and birdwatcher living in the town of Skovde. Close to the famous lake Hornborgasjon, a must see. Good communications by train and buss. 2 hours north of Gothenburg and 3 hours south of Stockholm. I have a car and I can arrange pick up for you. Area:
Lake Hornborgasjon
Lake Vanern
Lake Vattern
Tiveden National Park

Area Birds:
Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Crane, Owl

Nature: Birdwatching, Explore nature, Cultural sites, Restaurants

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
E Mølgaard Vintrie, Skåne(Scania) Anytime English, Swedish, Danish
Erik’s love of birds and birding began at the age of thirteen. Erik have extensive experience guiding birding tours throughout Southern Sweden and Denmark guided more than 50 bird tours to all seven continents. His favourite continents is South America, where he have been more than 25 times and Antarctica. Since Erik moved to Sweden you can find him nearly all day at Falsterbo studying the famous raptor migration. He is also a specialist in Bulgaria and love to come there every year to watch the rich birdlife Bulgaria have to offer.
J Wester Linköping, Östergötland Anytime Swedish, English
I have been birdwatching in the local area for twenty years. All spieces that are present in the area will be found anytime of the year. Here is close both to forest and agricultural areas. We have also a famous and very handsome wetland area in the SW end of lake Roxen close to my home. Due to environmental concern I preffer going by bike but if needed a car can be borrowed. I have very good experience of travelling by bike and outdooractivities such as sleeping in forest,cocking over open fire etc. Gear is available here. I have a company that sells organic wild birdfeed in wintertime and another company that does hayharvesting with scythe in meadows with high naturevalues in summertime. Welcome!

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