Jæren is an eldorado for birdwatchers. The best known are the wetland areas and the beaches where you can see wetland birds, however it is also possible to see other small birds and birds of prey if you go a little further inland.
Jæren wetland area is part of 63 Ramsar areas in Norway. The Ramsar Convention was enacted in Ramsar in Iran in 1972. It protects wetlands that are of international importance and will increase knowledge of the ecological importance of wetlands for research and recreation.
Jæren wetland area
Jæren wetland area consists of 22 protected areas such as nature reserves, landscape conservation areas and biotope protection. In this area, there is abundant bird life and good opportunities to observe bird life. The most famous areas are perhaps Revtangen and Orrevatnet lake that are located by the sea. A great variety of bird life is present here all year round, and there is a bird tower at Orreosen. Revtangen is known as the Stavanger Museum's ornithological station, where 6,000 - 10,000 birds are marked annually. The Revtangen Ornithological Station was established in 1937, and is the country's and Scandinavia's oldest. Ergavatnet lake just south of Orrevatnet also has abundant bird life.
Bird towers at Øksnevadtjern and Lonavatn lakes
A little further north and east, lie Øksnevadtjern and Lonavatn lake, both of which are nature reserves and important nesting areas for wetland birds. There are bird towers both at Øksnevadtjern and Lonavatn lakes. Grudavatnet lake, between Orre and Øksnevad, is also a nature reserve where you can observe more rare birds. Synesvarden and the surrounding area are conservation areas. Birds who nest here are the southern marsh snipe and southern helo. In the area within Bjorvatnet lake at Brusand, there has been a large migration of birds of prey in recent years.
Bird life in Dalane
In Dalane, the southern part of Rogaland, there are also several nature reserves where it is possible to observe birds. There is also a bird marking station at Eigerøy lighthouse. It is not uncommon to observe over 60 species of birds on a good day. The location, an island with small forests, means that large bird flocks pull over Eigerøy.