Skåne is part of the most important European route for migrating birds. Explore on an eagle safari, or watch the gracious dance of the cranes.

Falsterbo – one of northern Europe’s primary bird migration centres 

Eagle flying over Måkläppen, Falsterbo Bird Show

The Falsterbo peninsula south west of Malmö is one of the most important bird migration routes in northern Europe. Around 500 million birds pass this spot on their way to spend winter in Africa. Every autumn, the area around Falsterbo Lighthouse attracts thousands of birdwatchers, with 359 species passing through.  


A woman birdwatching
© Sven Persson

Falsterbo Bird Show – Scandinavia’s biggest bird fair 

Birdwatchers from all over the world meet at the annual Falsterbo Bird Show.  The programme includes everything from bird-bingo to lectures in ornithology. 

Birds of prey in Skåne

Skåne is the place to spot several rare birds of prey, especially during the cold season. They thrive on the mild winter climate and small game. 

Red Kite – the county symbol of Skåne 

The red kite is common in Skåne, and is the county’s symbol. It faced extinction in the seventies, but now you can see this elegant bird with its characteristic split tail all over Skåne. 

Eagles – kings of nature 

Flying Eagle at Vattenriket Kristianstad, Skåne
© Johan Hammar

Spot the majestic sea eagle and the impressive golden eagle. Other species here are spotted eagle, imperial eagle and the steppe eagle. Head for Vattenriket (Kingdom of Water) in Kristianstad to watch these birds. 

This Vattenriket nature reserve is a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve. Go on an eagle safari or take a boat ride. Watch sea eagles and golden eagles in the Fyledalen nature reserve between Sjöbo and Tomelilla. 

Transafari in Kristianstad, Skåne
© Sven Persson

The dance of the cranes – an unforgettable performance

Every spring, thousands of cranes land by the lakes of Skåne to perform their fascinating mating ritual. 

Experience their breathtaking performance at Lake Pulken. Most cranes arrive around late March. Take a guided tour or visit a viewing area set up with binoculars. Watch them perform here.  

Orrsafari in Skåne
© Johan Hammar

The lekking of the black grouse

The mating dance or lekking of the black grouse is a sign of spring in Skåne. Watch the action Fjällmossen on the Linderödsåsen ridge. 

Walk across the 1,700 metre-long footbridge from the car park to the bird tower to observe these unique birds and listen to their mating calls in the wetlands at dawn. It’s an unforgettable nature experience.    

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