Sightings

Tåkern

Väderstad, Mjölby

 

Tåkern is one of Europe's most important nesting and resting areas for many bird species.

To date, 276 species have been seen at the lake. More than a hundred of them nest here. At Tåkern is Northern Europe's largest reedbed occupying an area equivalent to about 2,400 football fields.

The Tåkern meadows cover more than 450 ha. The meadows are so-called calcareous wet meadows with a very rich flora. Here are several orchid species, such as Fly orchid, marsh orchid and honey flower.

In order to preserve the diversity of meadow and prevent overgrowth it is important that they constantly asserted by grazing or mowing. Most meadows are managed by grazing animals. Each year, operates about 800 animals at the lake, mostly cattle. A small portion of land, about 25 hectares, managed by mowing. The care paid for by the Environmental Protection Agency and Tåkern Fund.

In order not to disturb the nesting it is forbidden to reside in the reserve during the period 1/4-30/6. Particularly marked paths, visiting areas and trails are excluded from the ban.

On May 25, 2012 the new Visitors Centre was inaugurated at Glänås.

Directions

|Translated by Google translation|
From E4 while in Subsidiaries and drive the tourist road south, turn off at Bird Lake Tåkern / Visitor Centres Tåkern. From R50 turn towards Väversunda church and run small road along Tåkern until you passed Svanshals church. Turn lh after about 1 km Naturum Tåkern.