Fluberg Bird Conservation Area Birdwatching
An important resting area for cranes
- Destination: Land
- Season: April-May
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 0.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 0.5-1 hours
About Fluberg Bird Conservation Area
Fluberg Bird Conservation Area was established in 1990. Fluberg Bird Conservation Area is an important area for migrating water birds. The area is where the Randsfjorden narrows on both sides of Fluberg bridge. Low water levels in Randsfjorden during spring (and sometimes in during autumn) expose large mudflats. These mudflats and the shallow water around them are of great importance to migratory birds during the spring and autumn migrations. There are 120 bird species which have been observed in the Fluberg Bird Conservation Area. Fifty-five of these species are wetland bird species. The area is one of the most important resting areas for cranes in South Norway. You will find large flocks of both cranes and pink-footed geese in the conservation area in April and May. In spring it is possible to witness the ‘’crane dance’’, a courtship dance between the males and females, in fields in and around the conservation area.
Fluberg Bird Conservation Area can be found close to the Dokkadeltaet naturreservat . The nature reserve is protected primarily due to its importance to migratory and nesting birds. A long list of rare, vulnerable and threatened bird species can be found in the conservation area, and there are a total of 52 species from the Norwegian red list in the reserve.
Fluberg Bird Conservation Area can be reached from Dokka using either fv33 or rv245. Follow fv33 towards Gjøvik and turn right at Svingvoll when you see the sign for Hov. Follow fv34 and turn right again at the sign for Fluberg bridge.
From rv245 turn left when you see the sign for Fluberg bridge.
You can reach the Fluberg Bird Conservation Area from Dokka. Cycling is recommended. The alternatives are fv33 or the shorter and less busy, but hillier, rv245. If you chose the first option, then follow fv33 towards Gjøvik and take the road to the right near Svingvoll when you see the sign for Hov. After this follow fv34 and turn right again when you see the sign for Fluberg bridge.
If you chose the shorter alternative from Dokka follow rv245 towards Jevnaker. This option is much shorter, but hillier and with reduced visibility. You need to be aware that motorists will have a poor line of sigh, and you should use reflective vests. This route is unsuitable for children. Follows the road until you reach the sign down to Fluberg bridge on your left.
- Take plenty of water as there are not many places to top-up on route.
- Binoculars are recommended.
- Bring foot.
Limited parking (space for two cars) on the east side of the bridge.
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