Tallinna Linnuklubi

Astangu forest

Location

Astangu forest is located in western Tallinn in Haabersti borough and is quite close to Väike-Õismäe district. It is one of the biodiversity hotspots in Tallinn, albeit it has not been taken under conservation. The area consists of wet forest in the northern part and dry species rich alvar-meadows in the south. The area is divided by steep limestone. The area is situated on the same bird migration route as Rocca al Mare promenade and Paljassaare.

Infrastructure, do’s and don’ts

Astangu is not very easily reachable by public transport. However, busses number 24A and 62 could bring you the closest to the site. It is advisable to go to this site with a guide, as the tracks and paths to reach Astangu may be confusing. In the forest, on the other hand, the paths are quite straight forward. There are 3 parallel paths with joining paths at each end and all of them are easily walkable. There are also some almost unnoticeable paths on the meadow. From spring to autumn the forest is filled with mosquitoes.

Birding spots and birds

Astangu is one of the bird richest places in Tallinn, both by means of species and density of breeding birds. For instance 70 species were breeding there in 2009. That includes all the 5 commonest woodpeckers and the wryneck, many Red-breasted Flycatchers, Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides), plus Corn Crake on the meadows. Not to mention all the forest warblers, finches etc you might have heard and seen in Kloostrimetsa forest and more. In short, there are no best spots in the forest, the forest IS the best spot.

Best time of visit is during the migration periods and also during the breeding season from April to June.