Ahtialanjärvi Wetlands

Häme  >  Finland

Ahtialanjärvi wetlands is the best wetland between cities of Tampere and Hämeenlinna, not to be missed if you are interested in waterfowl and waders.

Added* by Olli Haukkovaara
Most recent update 12 February 2020


In the middle of the lake there is a flat muddy island, called Lokkisaari, in English Gull Island. Thousands of Black-headed Gull breed there. The island itself provides shelter for many migrating species, especially waders. Lot's of rarities have been found from Lokkisaari. During best days you may see thousands of birds there and lot's of species. Best time to visit is from April to October, during late autum, winter and early spring there is not much to see.



There are two observation towers, the new one in south shore, an old one in east shore. The new tower is easy to reach either by public transportation (bus), but the old one requires some hiking or bike / car. The new tower is also wheelchair accessible. If you go to the old tower (see map with trail), note that part of the trail from parking place to tower might be muddy.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Mud flats , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Summer , Spring , Autumn


Paved road , Wide path , Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

About 900 meters towards the center of Lempäälä there is a gasoline station Neste Mantunkulma, where the is a cafeteria / restaurant and toilets.

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