Falsterbo Fågelstation 2011
Falsterbo Fågelstation 2011 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Falsterbo Fågelstation

Ornithological station in Falsterbo

The ornithological station Falsterbo Fågelstation exists since the 1960s and is situated in the buildings around Falsterbo Fyr, the old lighthouse on the edge of the town Falsterbo at the tip of the peninsula Falsterbonäset.

The remote location of the lighthouse at the nature reserve Flommen exert a great attraction on the migratory birds. Before crossing the Baltic Sea towards Denmark, many of the smaller birds are resting here.

Every fall and spring more than 500 million migratory birds cross Southern Sweden. A majority of them in a southwestern direction over the peninsula Falsterbonäset. Some days, hundreds of thousands of birds are passing the area. Since 1980, about 25,000 birds, which settle to rest in the garden at the lighthouse, getting captured every year.

At the beginning, the capture and ringing served the purpose of solving the mysteries of the migration of the birds – today it has a growing importance in environmental monitoring. During the bird migration (April/May & August – October) group tours are offered. Every year about 5,000 visitors make use of the opportunity to learn about the biology of the birds, the bird migration and the work of the ornithological station during the one-hour tour.

Diehard hobby ornithologists and birdwatchers can also book some sleeping places in the main buildings of the ornothological station in the Sjögatan.

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