Store Mosse

Drosera rotundifolia
Sphagnum sp.
Visitor's Centre Store Mosse national park
Wet meadows at Lake Kävsjön
Wet meadows at Lake Kävsjön
Wet meadows at Lake Kävsjön
Old farmer's house, now Hostel for visitors
Raised bog with dwarf pine
Raised bog, hummocks and hollows
Trail for visitors through open raised bog area

Store Mosse

  • Country: 
    Sweden
  • Site number: 
    20
  • Area: 
    7,797 ha
  • Designation date: 
    05-12-1974
  • Coordinates: 
    57°17'N 13°57'E
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Overview

Store Mosse consists of a mosaic of raised bogs, fen, deciduous swamp woods and nutrient-poor lakes. The Site holds southern Sweden’s most extensive mire complex and the country’s largest active raised bog. The boundaries of the Site were adjusted in 2016 to follow protected areas and future restoration areas, resulting in an increase in area of 200 ha. The typical mire vegetation is interspersed with patches of Pinus sylvestris and treeless areas of dwarf shrubs. The Orchidaceae species found in the fens include the nationally protected narrow-leaved marsh orchid Dactylorhiza traunsteineri, the fragant orchid Gymnadenia conopsea and the marsh helleborine Epipactis palustris. The wetland supports animal populations which are important for maintaining the biological diversity of the boreal region, including a wealth of birds with a number of nationally red-listed species. The Site provides important staging areas and breeding grounds for a number of species including the nationally endangered northern pintail Anas acuta, the garganey Anas querquedula and spotted crake Porzana porzana. A visitor centre opened in 2003, and bird watching, educational activities, scientific research and tourism attract between 70,000 and 100,000 visitors each year. The main threats to the Site’s ecological character relate to drainage, dams and water management, and ongoing peat extraction. A restoration plan is being implemented to reduce the drainage and restore the hydrology of former peat extraction plots, to promote the regeneration and regrowth of raised bog habitats.

Administrative region: 
Jönköping

  • National legal designation: 
    • Site of National Importance for Nature Conservation (Riksintresse)
    • Nature reserve (1)
    • Nature reserve (2)
    • EU Natura 2000 SCI (1)
    • EU Natura 2000 SCI (2)
    • National park
    • EU Natura 2000 SPA and SAC
    • EU Natura 2000 SCI and SPA
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
    • Other international designation
  • Last publication date: 
    09-09-2016

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