Hammarmaden in the nature reserve Kvismaren.
Sörby pasture nearby east Kvismarern.
View from Öby hill towards Kvismare channel.
East part of Kvismaren.
Platform at the north side of Lake Fågelsjön.
Fiskinge, Kvismaren.
Fiskingemaden, Kvismaren.
Rysjön, west part of Kvismaren.


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  • Area: 
    837 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    59°10'N 15°22'E
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The Site is composed of two restored freshwater lakes, large wet meadows with grazing cattle, deciduous forests and reeds. The wetland is a representative example of lowland nutrient-rich lakes in the European Boreal region, and includes threatened ecological communities included in Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive, such as hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities and alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior. The partly restored wetland constitutes a refuge and staging area for birds (including the globally threatened lesser white-fronted goose Anser erythropus) and other animals in a region otherwise dominated by agriculture. The Site regularly supports more than 20,000 resting waterbirds, including large numbers of bean goose Anser fabalis and common crane Grus grus. The area also serves as a centre for the dispersal of European otter Lutra lutra in the region and a key hibernating area for the European grass snake Natrix natrix and the European adder Vipera berus. The Site provides a model of wetland wise use through the various restoration measures which have been carried out since the 1970s. Grazing of wetlands and shore meadows is another important part of the conservation work at Kvismaren. The main threats affecting its ecological character relate to pollution from agricultural effluents due to the intensive use of fertilizers and pesticides in the surrounding areas. The ecological character of the Site has improved, due to a restoration project carried out from 2005 to 2015, and improved grazing and water regulations within the reserve. Conservation education is facilitated through the presence of a bird observatory. A management plan is being implemented in the nature reserve.

Administrative region: 
Örebro County

  • National legal designation: 
    • nature reserve - Kvismaren
    • site of national importance for nature conservation - Kvismaren
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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