Fågellokalen Ryningen

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The approximately 300 hectare Ryningen Region is one of the most valuable birdlife localities in southern Sweden and is claimed to be the largest of Småland’s wetlands. With the draining of Ryningen Lake in 1887, large areas of arable land and plains were created, and the subsequent building of an embankment produced an area of arable land in the outer regions. The years when the Emån is in flood give us a picture of how the landscape once looked when it was very much influenced by the river.

Ryningen is a Natura 2000 area and was restored during the 1990s when trees and bushes were removed and the sedge meadows were ploughed up with rotary tillers. An increase of grazing animals has made the area more attractive for birdlife.

The Ryningsnäs Manor, formerly known as Östranäs, was a country seat during the 17th Century before it burned down in 1886. Then a building resembling a castle was built and this was demolished in the 1960s.

Ryningen is a fine birdlife region all year round and probably at its most interesting in the spring when the area converts to a temporary lake where geese and ducks stop to rest. As the water seeps away many wading birds, such as ruffs and three different species of snipe can be heard in the evenings and at dusk.

During the summer, it’s the night songbirds that are the most noticeable, eg, the nightingales and the spotted crakes. Ryningen offers a wide range of natural habitats, so not surprisingly more than 140 species have been known to nest here.

In the autumn, the area works as an important resting place for geese, ducks and small birds like larks. It’s also possible to spot a lot of migratory birds following the course of Emån.

In the winter, together with sea eagles and great grey shrikes, it’s a place for whooper swans, that stay as long as there is open water.

A Code of Ethics for Bird Watchers
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

To many, the way to behave when bird watching may seem obvious, but there is a lot to take into account when spending time in nature. Partly, this has to do with disturbing the wildlife as little as possible, but it also includes us birdwatchers making a good impression on the general public. What follows is a number of recommendations from the Swedish Ornithological Society (SOF) on how to behave whilst bird watching.

The birds’ welfare has to come first
Whether you are an “ordinary” birdwatcher, a photo-grapher, a ringer, a birdcall recorder, a “birding cruiser” or taking part in special studies, the primary requirement is not to cause any unnecessary injury or stress to the birds. Their ability to tolerate disturbance will vary from species to species and from season to season. So, the best thing is to maintain a minimal level of disruption at all times.

Take particular care in the breeding areas
Be on the alert for warning sounds and do not remain in the vicinity of nesting places when there is any likelihood of endangering breeding activities. Do not choose a spot to rest or an observation point such that birds are prevented from reaching their nesting places. Photographing birds at the nest, even if it is being done from a hide, almost always disturbs them and should be avoided.

Use discretion when you discover a rarity
If you encounter a rare bird species, very carefully assess the circumstances before you tell someone else about the find. Will the birds be able to with-stand the reaction it may cause and is there any likelihood of problems arising with the land- owner? You are the one responsible for what may occur.

Respect other birdwatchers
There are many different kinds of birdwatchers, from beginners to professionals, and from cruisers to researchers. Respect other people’s form of bird watching, as long as it does not affect the birds, animals, plants or people in any negative way.

Respect the Swedish right of public access!

Keep the car on the road!
Your car is not included in the Right of Public Access! All off-road use of motor vehicles is pro-hibited on bare ground. Parking at the side of the road is only permissible where no damage is caused to the land and where the landowner is not hindered from access with machinery.
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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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