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Särkkäniemi Nature Reserve

Uusimaa  >  Finland

Nature reserve by a sea shore that's part of Uutela park.

Added* by Johanna Jouppila
Most recent update 18 December 2021

Description

Särkkäniemi Nature Reserve is a great spot for seeing waterfowl all around the year. Mute Swan family can be seen around the area on a daily basis and Goosander and Mallard are common sightings as well. Common Goldeneye , Red-breasted Merganser , Tufted Duck , Great Crested Grebe , Barnacle Goose , Whooper Swan , Northern Shoveler and Common Eider are common birds especially during the warmer months. Grey Heron likes to stop by the rocky points of the shore and Great Cormorant often dries its wings by the point too.

During shorebird migration season it's possible to see birds like Dunlin forage for food in small groups by the rocky shores. The calls of Wood Sandpiper , Eurasian Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper are familiar sounds in the area during summer too. The lagoon bays provide shelter to shore birds and ducklings and are also great places to spot frogs in spring time. Willow Warbler , Goldcrest , Common Chiffchaff , Chaffinch , Greenfinch , Wood Warbler , European Robin and sometimes Red-breasted Flycatcher can be heard singing in the coastal meadow areas. During autumn migration some birders have heard the sounds of Bearded Tit among the reeds too. The views to the sea open the possibility to see even wider variety of birds flying by from the more common Common Tern , Arctic Tern , Common Gull and Black-headed Gull to Caspian Tern and White-tailed Eagle. It's also possible to come across roe deer, grass snakes and lizards in the area.

Details

Access

The place is best explored by walking. It is possible to cycle there and there's a parking place close by next to a dog park.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Sea , Beach

Conditions

Rocky , Sandy , High water possible , Swampy , Slippery

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Summer , Spring , Autumn migration , Autumn , Spring migration

Route

Unpaved road , Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

Rain and the raising of the water level can sometimes make parts of the paths muddy and slippery. The area's duckboards can also float if the water level is high so it's good to pay attention to one's feet when visiting and wear shoes suitable for muddy areas if it has been raining recently.

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