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Fribourg , Switzerland
11th -18th May 2011

  • We stayed in Fribourg, which is in the plain of Switzerland between the Alps and the Jura Mountains - an area which is probably rarely visited by birdwatchers, compared with the more spectacular Alpine regions...Allan Finlayson reports.

Switzerland 10-13 June, 2010

  • Confiding pairs of Rock Partridge and Rock Ptarmigan, prolonged views of up to seven displaying male Black Grouse and a hammering male Three-toed Woodpecker were our best sightings...Remco Hofland reports

Switzerland (south west) 9th-17th July 2004

  • Then towards the top of this path section, we flushed a group of Hazel Grouse from in front of us. About 10 birds scattered in all directions. One, however, landed in a tree adjacent to us, perhaps 30 metres away...Nick Crouch reports.

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria & Germany 1 to 3 August 2003

  • Obertoggenburg is a realible spot for Hazelhen, Three-toed Woodpecker and when you're lucky Pygmy owl. Jan recorded Hazelhen on 4 of 5 visits, Three-toed Woodpecker on 3 of 5 visits and Pygmy Owl at one visit during the day! Also realaible spot for Black Woodpecker and Ring Ouzel....Justin Jansen reports

Switzerland (Bernese Alps) 15/9/01 – 25/9/01

  • Brian Russell gives a detailed itinerary and trip list based at Grindelwald (1050M ) in the Bernese Alps.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein 12th - 17th September 1999

  • During this week, I stayed in a hotel in Buchs, Switzerland, which is right on the border with Liechtenstein. There is a mountain behind Buchs called Buchser Berg, the lower slopes of which I visited on most evenings.... Colin Davies reports


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Some Useful bird books for Switzerland:
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Where to Watch Birds in Switzerland
Marco Sacchi: Buy from or

  • Famous for its alpine bird specialities such as Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Alpine Chough and Nutcracker, Switzerland has much to offer any birder. This is a guide to 45 of the best birdwatching sites with species information, suggested times to visit and details on transport and accommodation. Each site has a map with itineraries indicated so that no time is wasted once there.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from

  • Considered by some to be the best field guide in the world! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills. Covers all the birds likely to be seen in Switzerland

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Berlitz Pocket Guide to Switzerland
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  • This long-established series of pocket travel guides has been revised and updated. An A-Z section provides access to key information, and expanded contents include sightseeing, accommodation, restaurants and shopping. The cover flaps carry maps and feature help with essential points of language.

AA Essential Switzerland
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  • This guide to Switzerland is divided into 5 colour-coded sections covering sightseeing, the top ten attractive features, background information, where to go, and practical matters.


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