- Fly from London to Copenhagen, then cross the Øresund Bridge to Sweden. On our drive to Vellinge we stop at Foteviken wetlands, a major migration and wintering stop for wildfowl, waders and birds of prey.
- Accommodation: Ängavallen Hotel, 5-nights on full board basis.
- Over the next four days we explore the different habitats and key birdwatching sites of Scania province and the Falsterbo peninsula, most of which are within 45 minutes’ drive of our hotel. We spend most mornings at Nabben, the famous watch point from which the autumn migration has been monitored for the past 50 years. The most numerous species seen at this time of year include the dark-bellied brent goose, wigeon, sparrowhawk, and common buzzard.
- We aim to spend the early afternoons at one of the raptor migration watch points on the Falsterbo peninsula, with a good chance of viewing the birds of prey as they soar and take height on thermal currents. There may be chances to see black kite, pallid harrier or an interesting eagle.
- On one day we venture slightly further afield to Österlen in the eastern part of Scania. Here we have a good chance of seeing seabirds as they migrate - a variety of ducks, skuas, terns and gulls. We also pay a visit to Stenshuvud National Park, with its wonderful mix of coastal and forest biotopes.
- Anyone who wishes can pay a final visit to Nabben this morning before we transfer back to neighbouring Denmark to catch a flight from Copenhagen back to London.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- Guided activities
- All meals
This single-centre trip is based at the Hotel Ängavallen in the village of Velligne, from where most key birdwatching sites we visit are within a 45-minute drive.
Ängavallen is an intimate hotel with 19 comfortable rooms decorated in traditional Scania style, all with an en suite bathroom. The property places a strong emphasis on using organic and environmentally-friendly products.
All meals are included. Breakfast and dinner are taken at the hotel, while lunch each day is a picnic so we can make the most of our time in the field.
During the autumn migration the largest variety of bird species is visible from the middle to the end of September. During this period the raptor migration takes place, while some species of tropical birds are still present and the short-distance migrants are about to depart.
- Honey buzzard
- Black woodpecker
- White-tailed eagle
- Broad-billed sandpiper
We visit a variety of habitats including the Foteviken wetlands, the Falsterbo peninsula which extends southwest into the Baltic Sea (with neighbouring Denmark visible on most days), a large area of heathland at Nabben, and the coastline and forests of Stenshuvud National Park near Österlen.
This trip is designed to be taken at a leisurely pace with most walks on flat ground and fairly easy going, while the longest distance covered is no more than two kilometres. Occasionally we may venture into damper coastal meadows.
Price includes return scheduled flights London-Copenhagen-London.
In September temperatures can range from 20⁰C down to as low as 5⁰C (although this would be exceptional!). The weather can vary from rain or fog, through to pleasant late summer days (when small numbers of mosquitos may still be present). Due to the changeable conditions it is advisable to bring gloves, raingear, a windproof jacket/trousers and a warm cap. Sturdy waterproof walking shoes are recommended for the wetland areas.