About Ilene

The Ilene Wetlands are part of a worldwide network of important wetlands and a Ramsar site. A Ramsar site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

If we were to drive a car from Oslo to Rome, we know that we have to stop along the way to refuel. The Ilene Wetlands are like a refuelling station for migratory birds on their long way northwards in the spring, and southwards in the autumn.

Hidden in the seemingly lifeless mud, the birds find bristle worms, small crustaceans, bivalves and snails. It is a highly nutritious diet for birds. Safe rest and refuelling places like Ilene are essential for the birds to get to where they need to go.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea. "Catching fish with its powerful beak"
Photo: Gunnar Numme

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. "Unfortunately a highly endangered species"
Photo: Svein Andersen

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca. "Our smallest duck, here male and female"
Photo: Gunnar Numme

See also highlights from the bird camera

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The utilisation of grazing livestock in the reserve is an important management measure. Old salt meadows and wetlands that are not allowed to regrow are important breeding and feeding areas for various wetland birds. Photo: Erik Bleken.

The open cultural landscape is disappearing. At Ilene, various grazing animals ensure that the beach meadows do not regrow.