1) Kurjenrahka national park and Mietoistenlahti bay
Kurjenrahka is a forest and mire area including the largest mires in the Southwest Finland. Breeding species include whooper swan, hobby, crane, hazel and black grouse. Black-throated diver and woodpeckers including three-toed woodpecker are possible. Visit in Kurjenrahka includes a ca. 7 km hike on a trail. Mietoistenlahti is a shallow bay of the sea. It is one of the best coastal wetlands in Finland and important staging area for geese, ducks and waders. Birds of prey such as white-tailed eagle, marsh harriers and hobbies are also typical species in the area.
2) Teijo national park and Halikonlahti wetland
Teijo is a complex of woodland and lakes. Breeding species include hazel and black grouse, black-throated diver, crane, several woodpecker species, and nutcracker. Visit in Teijo includes a ca. 8 km hike. Halikonlahti is a shallow wetland next to sea and farmland area. Grey-lag geese are typically numerous and several species of birds of prey are visiting the area.
3) Ruissalo island
Ruissalo is situated next to the city of Turku. It is characterized by the cultural heritage of old farmland areas, house gardens and oak forests. Long-term research on wintering strategies of passerines and breeding biology of hole-nesting passerines are conducted on the island. It is possible to visit a ringing site at the Botanical garden of the University of Turku in the morning and a traditional Finnish sauna in the afternoon. Participants can choose a walking route of their own choice and leave the island at any time by city buses. E.g. stock doves, black- and grey-headed woodpeckers and hawfinches breed in the area, and shores of the island gather some waterbird and wader species.
4) Hanko bird observatory
Hanko bird observatory is situated in the tip of the Hanko peninsula (ca. 2h drive from Turku). It is a migration hotspot especially during autumn, but the best migration period is during September and October. The timing is good for long-distance migratory passerines, but also birds of prey are starting their migration. Seabirds such as common eiders and white-tailed eagles are common. Irruptive migrants including woodpeckers, nutcrackers and crossbills are also possible. We will visit the bird observatory and follow the ringing activity (good chances for sparrowhawks). The visit includes ca. 7 km walk on a trail.
5) Seili island and the SW Finnish archipelago
Archipelago Sea area in the Southwest Finland includes c. 40 000 islands. We will take traditional archipelago ferries and visit some of the islands including Seili, which holds a field station of the University of Turku. Good possibilities to see typical archipelago species such as common eiders, great cormorants, osprey and white-tailed eagles, but also migrants use archipelago area as a staging area.