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Hello to all birders !
We are Marine and Gabriel, a french couple biking towards Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Our target is to get to the Varanger peninsula in summer... only cycling !
We would love to get in touch with local birders on our way. If you have any suggestion of unmissable spot on our itinerary, let us know !

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Marine and Gabriel
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Hi there and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like. ;)
 
Hi Marine and Gabriel and a warm welcome from me too.

What an exciting tour - you're going to have a wonderful time. For some basic information to start you off you might like to have a look at some of our Opus articles. This is the list for Europe: Category:Europe - BirdForum Opus from which you can click on the various countries and find what information we currently hold. For instance this is the French page Category:France - BirdForum Opus.

For more specific information it would be best to ask in the Information Wanted forum or possibly the Local Patch forum for the specific country you want help with.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
 
Hi, welcome to the forum. I think you will find us a friendly and helpful group. What an adventure you are taking, good luck!
 
Hello to all birders !
We are Marine and Gabriel, a french couple biking towards Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Our target is to get to the Varanger peninsula in summer... only cycling !
We would love to get in touch with local birders on our way. If you have any suggestion of unmissable spot on our itinerary, let us know !
Welcome to BF and good luck! I've flown/hitched up to Varanger, always thought doing the journey properly (bike/foot) would be a great idea.

As you come across any interesting birds on your journey, feel free to add them to this relevant thread ;-) -



(Maybe this thread should be moved to eg 'Birds and Birding subforum? if you intend to post updates?)
 
In Germany, it looks like you are cycling through the upper Rhine Valley. Bee-eaters cannot be missed in & around the Kaiserstuhl west of Freiburg; Cirl Bunting and Hoopoe are there as well. The mosquito-rich forests along the Rhine should be good for Middle Spotted Woodpecker. There are some good spots for birds like Purple Heron and Bluethroat, especially the Wagbachniederung north of Karlsruhe (I never visited this spot – only a similar area near Worms which is not on your projected route – but if you are in the area you should definitely check it out).
If you happen to pass through Trebur (west of Darmstadt), there are some bird friendly fields just north of the village which hold some of the last relicts of Crested Lark in western Germany.
Heading north from Frankfurt, the Wetterau may offer some nice birds if you are lucky, but I think you are in for a long stretch of relative ornithological boredom (except for Red Kites: you will see many).
By far the best birding will be along the west coast when you head up to Denmark. You will pass the best place for Gull-billed Tern (near Dithmarschen/Neufeld), but I must admit that I don't know this region at all!
 
That sounds great. I'm thinking about doing something similar ever since I cycled from Skagen along the Danish west coast down to the German border last September. But I will probably do a different route further east along the Baltic Sea.
Even though birding was not a top priority for my trip in September (and only brought 8x32 binoculars which limited birding at the sea) I managed to see lots of birds. If you need information about interesting birding sites in Denmark check: Birding sites in Denmark - I did some smaller detours from my originally planed route based on promising sites described.
Also if you are planning to sleep outdoors there is a app called "Shelter" which lists (mostly free) shelters and campgrounds in Denmark and gives you information about water availability, shelter, fireplace etc. (the descriptions are in Danish so use Google Translate or something similar). I originally planed to camp but used my tent only once. All other nights I slept in those tiny wooden shelters. A lot of times there was also firewood available.
 
Thats a very interesting route and Varanger seems to be a amazing place.

I live in Sweden ( "close" to stockholm) so if you have any questions just let me know. Any specific birds/butterflies/mammals or anything else you want to see?
 
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