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The Nature Reserve Tåkern with the visitor centre Naturum Tåkern

Practice on:

Nature reserve and visitor center.

Practical details:
NUTS 1: SE1Östra Sverige
NUTS 2: SE12 Östra Mellansverige
Start date: 1975 and 2012
Type of initiative:  public
Description of the practice:

Tåkern nature reserve and Naturum Tåkern visitor center are run by the County Administration Board of Östergötland and are located by Lake Tåkern, one of northern Europe’s most important bird lakes. It is beneficial both for local entrepreneurs and the nature.

Naturum Tåkern and Tåkern Nature Reserve are helping to fulfill the national environmental quality objectives.

Tåkern is one of the most important bird lakes in northern Europe and a Nature Reserve since 1975. The reserve covers 5420 hectares of which 450 ha consist of open water meadows, 1500 ha of reed beds, 560 ha of woodlands and 2900 ha of open water. The aim of the reserve is to create the preconditions for preserving the lake and its surroundings for the future, this being one of the most important nesting and resting places for wetland birds in northern Europe, as well as containing other life of very important zoological and botanical value. The reserve is managed by the County administrative Board together with the landowners.
Naturum is a brand of a high quality visitor center designated by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The name is a combination of the Swedish words Natur (Nature) and Rum (room). Naturum Tåkern is the first large Naturum in the County of Östergötland and has been planned for several years. The design of the house has been decided through an architecture competition. The Naturum is brand new and was opened by the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf the 25th of May 2012.
The nature reserve and the naturum offers opportunities for the local entrepreneurs such as guiding companies and the bed and breakfast located within walking distance from the naturum.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Lake Tåkern is one of Europe’s most important nesting and resting places for many bird species. Over the years 276 species have been seen at the lake and over a hundred species breed here. Lake Tåkern is one of Northern Europe’s most important bird lakes with up to 70 000 migrating ducks, geese and swans. Its surroundings have a very broad flora with lime and grazing favored plats such as orchids. Insect life is particularly rich and the amount of fish striking.

Visual impact and recreational value:

Lake Tåkern offers a chance to see a broad variety of birds and the area around the lake consists of four different visiting areas with bird watching towers and walking trails

Cultural heritage:

Around Lake Tåkern stands medieval stone churches, as well as small villages and farms inherited from the ancient time.

Environmental impact:

Low impact. The danger of losing the biodiversity is avoided by making the area into an nature reserve.

Economic viability:

Naturum Tåkern with accompanying buildings and outdoor environments are financed with state funds. The exhibition, however, are co-funded with support from others, individuals and businesses.

Yes. The idea of a visitor center in a valuable nature area combined with conditions for entrepreneurs is transferable to other regions in Europe.

Contact details:
Name: Ellen Hultman
Organisation: Naturum Tåkern
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Date added: 17.7.2012  Hits: 183
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