Beautiful landscapes and fighting Mute Swans were seen this week in Kopparnäs.
I found Kopparnäs couple of years ago and since that visited regularly on the area. Kopparnäs is a peninsula in Inkoo with a 450 hectare outdoor area. Kopparnäs belongs to the village of Degerby and is located about 30 kilometers from Helsinki.
Here is a link to the official site of Kopparnäs Link.
Kopparnäs – beautiful hiking destination by the sea
Kopparnäs has very interesting history. After the second world war Finland had to rent parts of South cost to the Soviet Union due to the peace negotiations. The Soviet Union established a military base to defend Leningrad at the narrowest point of the Gulf of Finland between Porkkalanniemi and the Estonian island of Naissaar.
The rental area was extensive, comprising a large part of Kirkkonummi and Degerby as well as parts of Inkoo, Siuntio and Espoo. It was rented to the Soviet Union until 1994, however, the Soviet Union suddenly surrendered the area to Finland in 1955 and withdrew its troops from the Porkkala area.
The Kopparnäs area was used for artillery and as a target area. All buildings were ruined and only stone feet remained. Also the terrain was almost completely burnt. Now the nature has recovered and there are a lot of different trees and plants growing. Also many birds live here during spring and summer.
Spring in the air – fighting Swans
The largest bird in Finland, Mute Swan, is a familiar sight on both the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf coast. Reef-covered bays are a popular habitat, but the species also thrives on the rugged islands of the outer archipelago and the mid-archipelago, as well as inland bird lakes.
One of our most iconic waterbirds, the Mute Swan, is famed for its grace and beauty. It is also considered to be a romantic of the bird world because partners form a perfect love heart with their necks.
Mute swans feed on plants, particularly waterweed. They usually mate for life, but some will have numerous partners.
We were lucky to follow this territory dispute mid of March in Kopparnäs.
If you are interested in beautiful landscape and versatile nature by the sea, I recommend a visit to Kopparnäs.