Wildlife, Nature and Environment

General articles relating to wildlife, nature and environmental issues.

Beavers in the Nordic Countries

A tree felled by a beaver.

The busy beaver has come back from the brink and numbers are now increasing. Here’s our guide to beaver facts and where to see them! Extinction and reintroduction Beavers can now be found in many parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway. However, this wasn’t always the case. During the latter part of the 19th century,

The Golden Eagle in Sweden – Grace Under Pressure

Photo: Håkan Vargas S/imagebank.sweden.se

The Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, is Sweden’s second largest bird of prey, the largest being the White-tailed Sea Eagle. It has a body length of almost a metre and a wingspan of well over two metres, making the Golden Eagle considerably larger than the more commonly-seen buzzard. Found throughout the country, Golden Eagles are most

The Lynx in Sweden – “Tiger of the North”

The Lynx - Tiger of the North. Photo: Nature Travels.

The lynx is Europe’s largest wild feline – the ”tiger of the north”! In Sweden, the lynx is the third most common large predator. Population estimates vary, but out of a total Scandinavian population of around 2000, approximately 1500 are thought to live in Sweden. Second is the brown bear. Top of the list? Humans

The Moose in Sweden – King of the Forest

The moose in Sweden - King of the Forest. Photo: Heather Green.

The moose (or elk), Alces alces, is an iconic animal for Sweden – a symbol of the wild, a symbol of the majesty and dignity of Sweden’s natural areas. The moose holds a particular fascination for overseas visitors, though in Sweden it is in fact one of the country’s most common wild animals. During the

To Ski Or Not To Ski – that is the question

To Ski Or Not To Ski. Photo: Maurice Strubel.

Why ski touring and cross country skiing offer a more environmentally-friendly alternative to downhilll skiing for your next winter holiday. Climate change is reducing the snowfall in many previously snow-safe resorts, and rising temperatures are leading to dramatic changes in snowfall patterns. “Alpine areas below 1,600m are now receiving 20 per cent less snow,” says

Wolves in Sweden – Back from the Brink

Wolves in Sweden - Back from the Brink. Photo: Nature Travels

After centuries of persecution, the wolf was finally driven to extinction in Sweden in the 1970s. But, for this most resilient and wild-spirited of animals its Swedish story was not over, and in 1977 wolves again began to appear in Sweden. NA analysis has shown that these wolves originally crossed over from Finland and Russia.

Wolverines in Sweden – a predator on the edge

The wolverine's paws are well-adapted for running in snow. Photo: Nature Travels.

Wolverines are Sweden’s least known and most secretive large predator, and one of its most misunderstood. With such a confusing name, many people assume it must be some kind of wolf, perhaps a smaller cousin to that icon of the wilderness, the grey wolf. Actually, wolverines are mustelids, a family which includes badgers and otters,

The Arctic Fox – beautiful, elusive, mysterious, and critically endangered

The Arctic Fox. Photo: Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/visitnorway.com

The arctic fox, Alopex lagopus, otherwise known as the polar fox, is one of Sweden’s most threatened mammals and in danger of extinction everywhere in the European Union. In recent years, thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, populations of the arctic fox in Sweden have started to increase. However, numbers are still very small and the

Lake Saimaa, Linnansaari National Park and Saimaa Ringed Seals

Saimaa Ringed Seal

Lake Saimaa is like an inland archipelago with waters clear and fresh! The water is so clean you can drink it directly from the lake! It covers a surface area of 4400km and the shoreline amounts to 13,700 km and there are about 13,710 islands in the lake. At the end of June I was

What’s the Difference Between a Brown Bear and a Grizzly Bear?

What's the difference between a brown bear and a grizzly bear? Photo: Håkan Vargas /imagebank.sweden.se

If you go down to the woods today, will you see a Grizzly Bear or a European Brown Bear? What is the difference between a Brown Bear and a Grizzly Bear? The answer is not a lot really, the main difference is which continent they live on. The Eurasian (or European) brown bears and Grizzly

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