Uutelan Kanava

Uusimaa  >  Finland

Water channel next to Uutela forest that leads to the sea shore.

Added* by Johanna Jouppila
Most recent update 17 December 2021
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Despite being so close to apartment blocks the channel and its surrounding areas are good places for casual birdwatching. During the colder months it's possible to see Mallard and Goosander on the lowest part of the channel. Some kind souls have set small bird feeders on the trees close to the channel as well and it's possible to see the common House Sparrow, Great Tit and Eurasian Blue Tit eating there. The occasional Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been seen in the area too.

When the spring migration season comes groups of Barnacle Goose arrive to the grass area next to the channel. They'll also raise their young by the channel during the summer too. As summer approaches, it's possible to see Common Goldeneye in the channel as well. There have been Common Goldeneye and Mallard ducklings on the middle level of the channel on multiple summers too. They often sleep on the rock close to the top waterfall. Common Gull , Black-headed Gull , Herring Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull and Common Tern are frequent visitors on the channel during summer. Numerous Common Swift and Barn Swallow also fly around the channel area and if one's lucky they might spot them collecting mud for their nests by the rocks on the lowest part of the channel. Eurasian Oystercatcher has also been seen foraging on the grass areas and some lucky birders have seen them bring their chicks there too. Linnet and European Goldfinch like to forage for food in the area. Sparrowhawk can also be spotted here.

While not a bird, it's also worth to mention that on warm summer nights it's possible to spot bats hunting on top of the water too.



There's a parking area close by. Metro station is a short walking distance away and city bikes are available in the area during summer.

Terrain and Habitat

City/village , River , Sea , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Summer , Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Summer , Spring , Autumn


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Please be mindful of the Barnacle Goose when they have chicks as the parents will try to protect them fiercely when they're small. Do not cause needless stress for the birds by walking too close.

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