ABOUT US

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Photo © Anders Blomdahl

AviFauna was started in 1985 by Erik Hirschfeld, Nils Kjellén and Magnus Ullman. They had seen the ads for British tour operators in British bird journals and thought it would be a good idea to establish their own tour company here in Sweden. The first trip went to Majorca that year. Furthermore, they thought it was a good idea to spend the money from the trips on conservation, so they asked BirdLife Sweden (SOF) if they could own the company, which they agreed to. Over 30 years later the company is still owned by BirdLife Sweden, runs around 40 foreign trips a year and sends all profits to BirdLife Sweden (and to some carefully selected international conservation projects too).

We are the major bird tour operator in Scandinavia. Magnus Ullman is still a tour leader and Erik rejoined the company as its Managing Director in 2016. Today, we have a staff of around 20 professional and dedicated tour leaders who make sure that our clients get the experience of a life-time with us. All our tour leaders and trips are continuously evaluated so we can ascertain that our clients’ interests are taken well care of.

AviFauna is fully insured as a professional tour agency, we have our travel guarantees deposited with Kammarkollegiet in accordance with the Travel Guarantees Act (1972:204) and we are a a member of and follow the recommendations made by The Swedish Association of Travel Agents. And on top of that, our clients are very pleased with our services: the average rating of our tour leaders is a staggering 4,7 on scale of 1-5 where 3 is average and 5 is top.

Travel with us and see for yourself!

 Our staff
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Erik Hirschfeld

Managing Director and one of the original founders. He might join us for a dinner, or even a day in the field, especially on the Skåne trips, but is usually tied to his desk. Erik lives in Malmö and works half-time for AviFauna, spending the rest of his working time in Air Traffic Management and with his small publishing company. When he is off from work he travels, takes photos and spends time with his family. He has a certain fondness for Oman with over 20 visits there.

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HG Karlsson

HG lives in Halmstad, between Malmö and Gothenburg and is one of our regular leaders of overseas trips since 20 years back. He also works as an consultant in the fields of culture and nature and has been a ranger in Abisko National Park. Enjoys his inlines very much and never says no to a piece of sweet. He guides in many places, including his favourite country Mongolia and his preferred Swedish nature lies in his home province of Halland and in Lapland.

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Anders Elmfors

Anders lives in south Sweden in a small village on the Baltic coast. He is a teacher in chemistry and biology but have been guiding worldwide since 1986, since 2008 full time. Most of his trips abroad goes to Latinamerica and Spain but he mountains in Nepal and Kirgisistan are also among his favourites. Anders has been working with coastal bird fauna in south Sweden and in the alpine regions of north Sweden. He also has a great interest in history and geology. Free time is spent sailing or maintaining house and boat.

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Kent-Ove Hvass

Kent-Ove is also one of our regular, popular leaders with a solid background in birds and conservation work. He chairs his local bird club and also holds honorary positions in BirdLife Sweden and regional bird clubs. He lives near lake Hornborga and regularly guides there as well as participates in the bird counts. His photos adorn many public buildings in his home territory and he is an appreciated lecturer. Kent-Ove’s dayjob is in a school where he works with children with learning disorders.


Contact

AviFauna Nature Tours
Lilla Brunneby 106
SE-386 62 Mörbylånga
Sweden
Tel. +46 495 444 40
info@avifauna.co.uk

 

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Contact details

AviFauna Nature Tours
Lilla Brunneby 106
SE-386 62 Mörbylånga
Sweden
Tel. +46 495 444 40
info@avifauna.co.uk