Birdwatching at Hoplavassdraget

Hoplavassdraget consists mainly of three large waters—Hammervatnet, Hoklingen, and Movatnet—and two smaller waters—Nesvatnet and Lynvatnet.

Hammervatnet is nearly 6 kilometres long and surrounded by swamp forest and cultivated land. The birdlife in this area is one of the richest among freshwaters in Mid-Norway, and it is very easy to access from the main road E6. If you are visiting the area, other waters are also worth a visit. There, you will find similar species as you would find around Hammervatnet. Lynvatnet, for example, is an important staging area for geese.

Map over Hammervatnet

2Austre Håmmåren
4Bird tower–Gullberget

Hammervatnet is located north of Åsen centre. This lake has a surface area of approximately 5.3 square kilometres. In its eastern part, a nature reserve has been established, whereas you will find a bird tower. In this nature reserve, there is a growing swamp forest of alders and mixed forest together with the alder buckthorn. The waters are very nutritious and are made up of several shallow bays with rich vegetation and diverse insect life. Hammervatnet is an important area for birds during migration and breeding seasons. Horned Grebe, Shoveler, and Eurasian Coot are some of the breeding species. As most other places attractive for birds, Hammervatnet has been visited by some rarities. Mandarin Duck, Hooded Merganser, Great Egret, and Little Egret are a few examples.

Map over Hoplavassdraget

1Nesvatnet, eastern bay
2Stavnen, Hoklingen
5Straumen, Movatnet

Nocturnal Birds
The further north you get, the more challenging it is to find nocturnal birds. Hoplavassdraget, however, is an area where you can do so with a successful result. The Sedge Warbler is almost a guaranteed finding. In addition, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, and Eurasian Reed Warbler have also been seen here many times. Furthermore, the most fortunate birdwatchers have heard Thrush Nightingale, Marsh Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, and Eurasian River Warbler, but don’t get your hopes up too much.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Wetlands. Freshwaters
Best time to visit:Spring and early summer. However, interesting things await you all year round.
Bird towers:Yes, by point 4.
Local association:NOF Verdal og Levanger lokallag
Shoes:Hiking boots.
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.



Did you know …

… that thousands of Barn Swallows spend the night in the thatch belt in Hammervatnet during autumn migration?

… that in 1978, the wreckage of a Spitfire, shot down by German fighters April 10th, 1942, was lifted from Hammervatnet? The aircraft was carried to England and placed in a museum.

… that almost 200 bird species are registered at Hoplavassdraget?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Hoplavassdraget

Key Map
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