Swedish owl safari
Do owls and their mysterious nightlife intrigue you? Accompany the professional bird ringers as they carry out their research and study of owls in the deep forests of Sweden. This is your opportunity to meet Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) on a close encounter in broad daylight and Great Grey Owls (Strix nebulosa) on their hunting grounds in the evening!
Experience the space, solitude, and silence of this beautiful Swedish countryside. Svartådalen in Västmanland is a unique place, with a rich natural and cultural heritage in the heart of Sweden. Historically a farming area, it still possesses a wealth of forests, lakes, hay meadows and open wetlands.
You are transported by bus first and then walk for a short distance. Part of the bird ringer’s work is to ring the adult females, who hatch and aggressively guard their young until they are old enough to fend for themselves. You will get the chance to feel how soft the downy fledglings are. However, the Ural Owl demand respect as its name implies. You have to keep a proper distance from the nest, as Ural Owls can be quite aggressive if annoyed. The experienced ringers always wear protective clothing and helmets whilst working with the birds.
The main focus of these tours is on owls and the evening is dedicated to Great Grey Owls and we will put ourselves in position by their hunting grounds as dusk falls. After some extensive owl watching there will be a culinary break with an outdoor barbeque on a nice spot in the forest where we also enjoy the heat from the fire and gaze at the stars above.
This safari is well suited for those with a general interest in Nature, but also for those who have a specialist interest and for photographers. No previous knowledge is necessary.
Tawny Owl, Pygmy Owl, and sometimes Tengmalm’s Owl might also be seen on the Safari. The area is rich in wildlife so you may also want to keep your eyes open for moose, lynx, wild boar, fox, badger, and beaver.