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      Purple Heron

      The Purple Heron is our most colourful heron. It is, however, still rather incon ...
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      Visitor Centre

      Welcome to the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach!
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      The return of migratory birds

      Migratory birds are the heralds of spring. Each species follows a clear schedule when returning from its winter quarters.
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    Welcome to the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach.

    As a non-profit foundation sponsored by the public we are engaged in research and conservation projects and launch information campaigns in support of our native birds.

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    The Visitor centre is open according to the opening hours.
    Face masks are obligatory at the visitor centre. We do apologize for any inconvenience, such as waiting periods due to the measures concerning the Coronavirus. Booking required for group visits, maximum 30 people.
    Thank you for your understanding.