Dokkadeltaet naturreservat Point of Interest
One of the largest and most important resting areas for migratory birds in Eastern Norway
- Destination: Land
- Season: March-November
About Dokkadeltaet naturreservat
The Dokka delta nature reserve lies within Nordre Land and Søndre Land municipalities in Oppland county and is one of the largest and most important resting areas along one of the main migration routes in Eastern Norway for migratory water birds. The Dokka delta was gained protection as a nature reserve in 1990 and was awarded Ramsar status in 2002, due to its importance as a nesting area and as a resting area for migratory birds.
The nature of the watercourses in the Randsfjorden’s catchment area forms the basis for different habitat types. Diverse biotopes and habitats have been created, allowing a range of bird species to thrive and providing nutrition rich resting areas for birds en route to other nesting areas. The Dokka delta has a key role in this mosaic of bird areas. The delta is especially important during the spring migration, offering rich excellent nutritional conditions in the shallow water and on the mudbanks.
Common birds in the delta include swans, geese, ducks, seagulls and wading birds. Several raptors and certain owl species are seen on a regular basis, and many passerine bird species can be spotted in the delta and the surrounding area. Less common bird species that are closely connected to the wetland include black-necked grebe, little grebe, and common pochard just to name a few. Ospreys are permanent guests in the delta and are easy to observe in spring when they are hunting for fish. The delta abounds with bird life during the spring and autumn migrations.
A long list of rare, vulnerable and threatened species can be found in the conservation area, and 52 species from the Norwegian red list are confirmed. Large numbers of certain specific species can be observed in the delta during the spring migration. Species observed include great crested grebe, pink-footed goose, Eurasian teal, tufted duck, crane, European golden plover and common greenshank.
The delta’s varied wetland habitat results in a species rich bird fauna nesting in the conservation area. Wetland birds, raptors, owls and passerine birds as well as several rare and less commonly observed species, such as great crested grebe, northern shoveler, garganey, short-eared owl, tawny owl, lesser spotted woodpecker, Eurasian wryneck and common rosefinch all find suitable nesting sites in the delta area. If you bring along a pair of binoculars, then you are bound to see one of the 219 observed bird species in the conservation area.
There are two observation towers that can be used to observe the birds in the delta. One is at the Pålebrygga på Våten and the other is the bird tower at Odnes, next to the The Dokkadelta National Wetland Centre building.
Please be aware that it is forbidden to walk on the mudbanks in the Dokka delta nature reserve between the 15th March and the 15th October.
The Dokka delta lies in the outlets of the Etna and Dokka rivers. If you follow fv33 from Gjøvik towards Dokka you will pass through the conservation area on the left-hand side before Dokka. If you are driving along the road on the west of the fjord from Jevnaker, you will see the nature reserve on the right-hand side from rv245 just before Dokka.
There are lots of possibilities to experience the nature reserve close up. The Dokka Delta National Wetland Centre lies within Odnes in the Dokka delta nature reserve and Våten is on the west side of the reserve. To reach the Dokka delta by foot you can follow the Nature and cultural trail on the Valdres Line line from Dokka.
- Bring water as there are very few places to top-up along the way.
- Use reflective vests as rv245 has lots of bends and motorists have poor visibility.
- Feel free to bring along wood/coal – a BBQ pit is available at Våten.
- Free parking at Våten near Fjordheim assembly house.
- Free parking at the Wetland Centre in Odnes.
- Free composting toilets at Våten.
- The Wetland Centre is open Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer holidays.
Where to stay
Close to Dokka centre you will find accommodation at Dokka Camping, Dokka motel and Ankalterud Gård. Further away from Dokka you will find accommodation at Haugtun (Aust-Torpa), Ullsaker Øvre Gjestegård (Vest-Torpa), Etna Familiecamping (Etnedal), Lyngstrand Camping og Totenåsen Sportell. There is also the possibility to stay at Spåtind Sport Hotel in Synnfjellet. Here you will find apartments and rooms, a café, and a restaurant and bar.
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