If you are a bird and birdlife enthusiast, then Askvoll is the place to visit.
In 1993 a total of 57 seabird reserves were established in Sogn og Fjordane county. 15 of these are located in Askvoll municipality, with Askvoll thus the municipality with the most seabird reserves in the county. The three most important seabird reserves in Askvoll are Moldvær, Ryggsteinen and Håsteinen far west in the ocean near Atløy island. Large colonies of seal have also been observed around Ryggsteinen and Håsteinen.
Askvika, Straumen and Kyllaren
One of the largest areas of wetland in Norway is found just east of Askvoll centre. The section near the fjord in the west is known as Askvika. It narrows towards Straumen then turns north following a long, shallow fjord arm known as Kyllaren. As these wetlands are of vital importance for e.g. wading birds in migration, the wetland area was protected in 1982. Kyllaren and Askvika are one of the largest and most important areas of wetland on the migration routes for wading birds in Scandinavia.
Sørværet nature reserve
Sørværet nature reserve comprises a few small islands and islets south of Værlandet, protected as
wetland reserves. The reserve in Sørværet has heather moors and marches that attract wading birds,
swans, geese and ducks.