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A Birders Paradise in Haapsalu

Haapsalu - view from the birders tower Photo, Haapsalu, Estonia

The Estonian coast is now regarded as one of the best spots in Europe for birdwatching. The mixture of coastline, bogs, coastal meadows, reedbeds and islands creates a series of environments that attract a huge array of birdlife.

The Matsalu Nature Reserve is the most popular bird-watching area in the country. It is regarded as an important nesting and moulting site for birds.

There are birds that make this area their home but there are plenty of others that drop by as part of their migration and the Estonian coast is a stopping off spot for birds en route to Finland and northern Russia. Spring is the best time ofr birdwatching in this area as thousands of geese and ducks pass through on their way to Lapland.

I'm not a birdwatcher myself but several Estonians mentioned the significance of Haapsalu for this activity and when I was there I couldn't resist climbing the recently built birdwatching tower not far from the Kuurhaus to take in the views.

What I do know is that is willow warbler land and dedicated birders should get in a decent count in Haapsalu.Skylarks, redshanks and oystercatchers are also fairly common. You may also spot lots of herons as the largest heronry in Europe is slightly north of the town.

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