Falsterbo in Southern Sweden is one of Western Europe’s most famous migration hotspots, where millions of migrating birds leave Scandinavia in search of winter quarters in Southern Europe or Africa. During our weekend, if winds are favourable we can expect Western Osprey, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, European Honey Buzzard and by far the most common raptor, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk. Day counts of Eurasian Sparrowhawk can exceed 1,000 and often the area is alive with migrating birds.
With over 25 tours to this fantastic location under our belt, we know the best birding spots and of course some good places for coffee and cake!
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7
Days 1 – 4
Taking our flight from London Stansted to Copenhagen we land in the heart of fantastic birding country. Depending on weather conditions and local information, we could head down to Falsterbo itself or visit a migration watchpoint situated on an area of heathland. In early September European Honey Buzzard, Western Osprey and Eurasian Sparrowhawk predominate, but as the autumn progresses, European Honey Buzzard are eventually replaced by Common Buzzard, Red Kite and Eurasian Sparrowhawk plus in addition, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon and Rough-legged Buzzard. It’s a birder’s paradise!
On recent trips we have found Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers, Lesser Spotted, Short-toed Snake and White-tailed Eagles and Black Kite. But it’s not just raptors – the air is often full with the calls of Tree Pipit, Eurasian Siskin and Western Yellow Wagtail. If we are lucky it might be a Nutcracker year when hundreds of Spotted Nutcracker leave Sweden in search of food.
We visit the Falsterbo headland, where in the past we have seen Kentish Plover, Caspian Tern, Red-backed Shrike, Black Woodpecker and Thrush Nightingale as well as the more common migrants.
During the afternoons we head inland to good sites where we should see European Eagle Owl, White Stork, Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Northern Goshawk and Black Woodpecker with the possibility of Common Crane migrating south overhead.
Flights from London Stansted to Copenhagen
Full board accommodation for 3 nights
All ground transport in Denmark & Sweden
Full guiding throughout
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day 1
Relaxed, three to four miles walking per day
Expect between 120 and 130 species
Ground Price: £800
*Air Price: £150
Total Tour Price: £950
Single Supplement: £90
*Please see our tours page regarding flight costs