97% of Sweden is uninhabited.
66% of Sweden is covered in forest.
Sweden has 30 National Parks and more than 4000 nature reserves. Together they cover an area greater than neighbouring Denmark.
Sweden has nearly 270 000 islands and we own a string of 3 of them!
1 in 5 Swedes own a country cottage (holiday home). More than half of Swedes have access to a cottage via family and friends.
The beneficial link to mental health and access to nature has been evident during the pandemic.
Our new arrivals certainly put a smile on your face. Gliding over the forest like a prehistoric dinosaur the Cranes have arrived. We have numerous pairs which return every year. Their raucous sounds and dancing displays are a wonderful sight to experience.
Here’s a photo I took this week of one shaking his tail feathers!
The Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is on the want to see list of most wildlife enthusiasts visiting Northern Sweden.
We can show you locations where we are consistently seeing females right now. These ladies like to absorb heat from the sun and so are regularly standing unperturbed by us watching them as they catch some rays.
Here’s a photo I took on Monday this week of a female that is sticking to her patch.
We often find a male nearby, who act a tad shy and skulk in the forest at the moment. A bit more warm weather and the presence of the female and some more male competitors will bring out their bravado!
An unexpected house guest has arrived in the form of a female Red Squirrel that has built her Drey (home/nest made of dry grass) inside the roof of our conservatory. Aside from a rather cute few murmurings she hasn’t proved a disturbance. A neighbour recently cut down some huge trees for fear of them falling on his house. I suspect in doing so he made this squirrel homeless. So, we accept this wildlife refugee and look forward to meeting her babies. They love sliced fruit so I envisage the baby squirrels becoming accustomed to us.
Here is a photo we took of mum visiting her new home / our home.
Bye for now.
In our next post we cover the Owls I am seeing now and the record breaking numbers of Whooper Swans that have arrived near us, plus more!