Blekinge skärgård

Torhamns udde nature reserve, in the eastern part of the site (Torhamns skärgård).
Bräkne Hoby skärgård, in the western part of the site.
Tromtö nature reserve, in the middle part of the site (Listerby skärgård).

Blekinge skärgård

  • Country: 
    Sweden
  • Site number: 
    1115
  • Area: 
    12,958 ha
  • Designation date: 
    14-11-2001
  • Coordinates: 
    56°07'N 15°27'E
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Overview

The Site consists of three separate areas along the south-east coast of Sweden. Separated by shallow marine waters, these discrete entities include islands, coastal meadows and marshes, beaches and rocky shores. The area supports more than 100 nationally red-listed species, primarily insects and birds, and more than 20,000 waterbird individuals, especially ducks, gulls and cormorants. The Site is important for breeding, resting and wintering birds and supports over 1% of the biogeographic population of the tufted duck Aythya fuligula, the common eider Somateria mollissima and the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis. The waters are important as spawning and recruiting areas for fish including herring Clupea harengus, pike Esox Lucius and perch Perca fluviatilis. Remains of medieval house foundations and ancient graves can be seen on some islands, and preservation of the cultural landscape of the area is seen to be of national interest. The Site is used for growing livestock fodder as well as for fishing, recreation, bird watching and ecological tourism. The main threats to its ecological character relate to fishing and harvesting of aquatic resources and of non-timber crops in the surrounding areas. There are 12 nature reserves within or partially within the Site, all with management plans in place. Restoration measures of grassland and meadows are carried out on some of the islands through the GRACE (Grazing and Restoration of Archipelago and Coastal Environments) project.

Administrative region: 
County of Blekinge

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • Bird sanctuaries
    • Nature reserve (11)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (10)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC and SPA (1)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (3)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (4)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (5)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (6)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (7)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (8)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (9)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (11)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (12)
    • Nature reserve (1)
    • Nature reserve (2)
    • Nature reserve (3)
    • Nature reserve (4)
    • Nature reserve (5)
    • Nature reserve (6)
    • Nature reserve (7)
    • Nature reserve (8)
    • Nature reserve (9)
    • EU Natura 2000 SPA (1)
    • EU Natura 2000 SPA (2)
    • EU Natura 2000 SPA (3)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (1)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (2)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (14)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (15)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (16)
    • Nature reserve (12)
    • EU Natura 2000 SAC (13)
    • Nature reserve (10)
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    08-11-2016

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