Västra Roxen

Wet meadows
Wet meadows
Wet meadows

Västra Roxen

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  • Area: 
    4,108 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    58°29'N 15°35'E
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The Site consists of the western part of Lake Roxen and downstream areas of three main rivers: Stångån, Motala Ström and Svartån. It includes one of the largest concentrations of freshwater meadows in the country. The flora is to a large extent formed by and dependent upon haymaking and grazing. Such a large area of managed grasslands is unusual in the European Boreal region, and the Site is therefore important for supporting the biodiversity which depends on this habitat. The wide range of birds, fish, amphibians, and insects includes about 30 nationally red-listed species. The grasslands and the shallow waters are important areas for migrating and breeding birds, with more than 260 species observed. The Lake provides spawning grounds and nursery habitats for the asp Leucsicus aspius and it is classified as nationally important for commercial fishing. The Site also plays an important role in flood control and water purification. The main visitor areas are located in the Svartåmynningen and Kungsbro nature reserves; the birdlife in the water meadows and the shallow waters can be viewed from three different observation towers.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve 1 - Svartåmynningen
    • Nature Reserve 2 - Kungsbro
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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