Sightings

Kråkeryd - nature reserve

Ödeshög
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The fault that forms Vätterns eastern shore has arisen through movements in the bedrock on several occasions between 600 and 200 million years ago. Infinitely distant events but still tangible. The inaccessible precipices stands in stark contrast to the farmland above.

The gently rolling foothills of Östgötaslätten has long been used as farmland. The mountainous land was used for grazing where possible. The rocky ground in the reserve is grazed in large part still.

Because the land was open and grazed for a long time and not fertilized, the flora is rich in species. Saxifrage, bridal bread, milkwort, cowslip and meadow oats are some common plants in the predominantly dry pasture. Steppe meadows at Kråkeryd is richer than is usual on bedrock. This is because the ice brought lime from Östgötaslätten. Therefore there are a number of lime-loving plants, including spiked speedwell, bloody cranesbill, Dyer's Woodruff, Saxifrage and Field wormwood.

On the sunny ledges of the cliff are also golden moss and the rare drakblomman. Among juniper and rosehip thrive greenfinch, linnet and Whitethroat. Ravens and osprey are often seen off the precipice.

The local climate is one explanation for Vättern Stranden rich nature. The proximity to Vättern, which rarely freezes in winter, and the strong sunshine on the western slope means that the climate is generally very mild. There are therefore many thermal favored species such as ivy, larger tower shell and smooth snake.