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Meet birds, butterflies and rare plants at Torslandaviken

11:28 - 25 Nov 2015 / News

The rich birdlife at Torslandaviken has for a long time attracted ornithologists to the area between the Port of Gothenburg and the old airfield at Torslanda. A new nature path has now been opened, allowing even more people to discover the rich variety of birds, butterflies and plants in the area.

Together with the Parks and Landscape Administration, the Gothenburg Ornithological Society and the Västra Hisingen Urban District Committee, the Port of Gothenburg has endeavoured to open up the stretch of coast along Torslandaviken to the general public. A six-kilometre path along the coast has now been completed.

Over the past 50 years, ornithologists have observed more than 230 species at Torslandaviken. Despite the inaccessible location, new generations of birdwatchers have continued to make their way to this inlet. Often they have been richly rewarded.

"This is a fantastic area to walk in although you have to keep your wits about you when you're here as it's a Natura 2000 area and it is nature that dictates what you can do and where you can go. It is important not to disrupt the wildlife and, like all good scouts, you must clear up after you," said Ida Fossenstrand, project manager at Gothenburg Port Authority. 

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Photo: Rune Blomgren

Future wetland for birds along the path 
Along the path a wetland for birds is currently being created by the Port of Gothenburg. The wetland is a means of reinstating, as far as possible, the original character of the area after functioning as a deposition site for dredging spoils since the end of the 1970s.

Before the wetland is completed, the deposition site must be covered over with clean material. As part of the construction of the Marieholm Tunnel, large volumes of clay are being excavated. Whilst the upper layers are polluted, there is clean clay, known as glacier clay, deeper down. This is being used to cover the polluted land and create a protective barrier.

"The wetland will boost birdlife at Torslandaviken and is expected to be completed by 2017. Until it has been fully completed, children can derive pleasure from watching lots of diggers at work in the area when they are out walking with their parents," concluded Ida Fossenstrand.

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