birding sites in

south Finland

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Viiksimo  has a wilder feel than Martinselkonen. The bears aren’t in view all the time but, as you can see, they still come very close

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in South Finland’

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Viiksimo is a relatively new site for bear-watching but, being further south, it is in an area where wolves and wolverines are not so persecuted so these too are often seen from the hides - though not every night.

You can choose between the large hide

Or one of the more intimate ‘professional’ hides

The Boreal Wildlife Centre is another ex-frontier station. It is run by a wildlife filmmaker Kari Kemppainen - a sort of Finnish Simon King - who will show you some of the amazing footage he has of wolves and wolverines. In 2010 there were no bird feeders here - something i was assured would soon be rectified.