Category: Nature

Pöllöretki – a unique Finnish birdwatching experience

If you are a keen nature lover and want to find owls in Finland, your best option is to join…

Skiing in Tiilikkajärvi National Park

Nearly two years ago Brigitte and I visited Tiilikkajärvi National Park with Miska. Recently I was back there with Miska again,…

Dog sledding in Finnish Lapland

In the middle of February we headed up to northern Finland for a winter adventure – a long weekend of…

Dog sledding in Finland – options and logistics

So you want to take a Husky tour in Finland? After our excellent dog sledding trip in Lapland (blogged here),…

Kaisaniemi Greenhouse: the other winter gardens in Helsinki

During the dark winter months, we’ve greatly enjoyed visiting the Helsinki Talvipuutarha (“winter gardens”) as it is a warm, bright…

Recent research: Plants may have a stronger effect on each other than herbivores do

For those interested in vegetation dynamics and/or what I’ve been spending time on… it turns out that interactions between plants…

First visit to Sipoonkorpi National Park

Sipoonkorpi is one of the two Finnish national parks located on the edge of the of the Helsinki metropolis (Nuuksio…

Uutela in autumn

Four months ago, in the middle of summer, Brigitte and I visited a little undeveloped corner of Helsinki near the…

Mustavuori, Porvarinlahden and surrounding forests

With colder weather rapidly approaching, I decided to take advantage of a fairly warm and dry Saturday to visit the…

Mushroom-picking in Sipoonkorpi

It was with great excitement that Brigitte and I headed out to Sipoonkorpi National Park early on a chilly Saturday…

Helsinki City Winter Garden (Kaupungin Talvipuutarha)

We finally got to go and visit the City Winter Gardens today with some glorious summer weather! It has been under…

Summer in the Viikki nature reserve: Lammassaari and Kuusisaari

After work yesterday I popped across to Viikki again. The afternoon had been quite windy, but conditions were pretty close…

Spring in Helsinki – birding in Viikki

Over the last two weeks Helsinki has transformed from brown to green, with almost all of the trees leafing out…

Outside Helsinki: Kirkkonummi and the Porkkala peninsula

In the last few weeks Brigitte and I have had two short trips to the municipality of Kirkkonummi (= church…

Spring melting and flooding

Two weeks ago my Dad and I took at walk through Paloheinä to the Pitkakoski rapids on the Vantaa river….

Recent research: Plants can affect the lowest and highest altitudes at which each other grow

I’m very glad to report that the journal Ecography will be publishing some of my recent research – the article (available online)…

A little Finnish “Love” Story ♥

Valentines Day in Finland is called Ystävänpäivä which directly translates into Friend’s Day. Here’s a little story about a special…

On two consecutive weekends I’ve been out walking in Viiki – the first time revisiting the old town (Vanhakaupunki), the…

This weekend Miska introduced me to another of Finland’s national parks: Torronsuo National Park. Unfortunately I didn’t have our camera with…

Entering the Kaisaniemi Metro station I was pleasantly surprised to find myself among some modern “cave paintings”.   This was…

Last weekend Jesse (popping across from Estonia again) and I visited Nuuksio National Park, on the northern border of the…

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