Diemtigtal birdlife

Exhibition at Diemtighuus

Short facts

  • Diemtigen
  • For families
  • For individual guests

They live with us, we see them fly, hear them whistle and take them more or less for granted in the forest, on the meadow, in the garden or on the roof of the house. But do we know exactly what our feathered wild animals look like, what their names are and what their needs are?

The selection of specimens on display shows a large part of the region's rich bird life. It is testimony to the largely intact habitats of a diverse and structured cultural landscape. 

The exhibition concept
What are the needs of bird species that depend on our cultivated land? Why is the rock ptarmigan an ice age relict? Are there still capercaillies in the Diemtigtal? 

The exhibition is based on existing, general ornithological knowledge. The individual birds were assigned to a typical habitat. This in the knowledge, that the bird species on display move in different habitats. In the special exhibition area, there is something special to discover about the world of birds every year. 

The collection on display also includes bird species that are not found in the Diemtigtal. Do they not occur at all, no longer or not yet? As the landscape and climate change, the habitats of our native birdlife are also changing. We explore these and other exciting questions about the specialisations of the various birds during our guided tours of the exhibition. In co-operation with ornithologists and other specialists, we offer public events such as guided tours, excursions and lectures for individual visitors and groups. School classes and interested groups can book a level-appropriate guided tour of the exhibition on request.

The didactic value of taxidermy
Due to the direct presentation of the original, lifelike animal specimens still have a fascination and an immediate didactic value that digital media cannot replace. In the knowledge that false information also circulates in the digital world, such specimens are irreplaceable.

A unique collection
The diverse world of birds has always fascinated retired vet Andreas Küttel from Oey. It was not unusual for an injured or dead bird to be brought to him during his time as a vet. As a passionate field ornithologist, Andreas Küttel liked to pay his last respects to a dead bird by having it expertly dissected. In this way, as well as through the legal acquisition of additional specimens, his collection of taxidermy has grown over the decades. The specimens are in good condition and, due to the ongoing loss of biodiversity and the protection of species, it is not possible to obtain them again in their abundance. 

The collection on display is the property of the Margret and Andreas Küttel family from Oey.

The exhibition is a co-operation project between the Diemtigtal Nature Park, the owner family of the exhibited collection and Diemtighuus AG. We are working with the Swiss Ornithological Institute and Birdlife Switzerland.

Public events and theme trail
The Diemtigtal Nature Park organises exciting excursions, also on the Diemtigtal birdlife. You can find out more about these events at diemtigtal.ch/exkursionen (in German only). You can combine a visit to the exhibiton with a walk along the bird trail

Diemtigtaler Vogelwelt
Diemtighuus, Styggässli 15
3754 Diemtigen

Phone: 033 552 26 00
Website: www.diemtigtal.ch/en

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