In Sweden and in many other countries nature reserves are one of the most common ways to protect valuable nature long term. Nature reserves constitute some 85 percent of Sweden’s surface area that is protected with support from the Swedish Environmental Code.
Södermanland has today 149 nature reserves designed to protect valuable nature. The reserves offer wonderful experiences with everything from flowering meadows and enchanting forest to barren archipelago islands.
The majority of nature reserves in Gnesta municipality are chosen for their high biological value. This means that in most cases good mobility is required to visit these areas. The reserves do not always have designated parking or hiking trails which make your visit easier.
These reserves are all chosen for their high biological value linked to old forest. The six reserves are all set deep within surrounding forest. There are neither public roads nor parking close by so any visit requires planning and a map. The Sörmlandsleden hiking path passes Lugnet, Djupviken and Putbergen, which means that it is easier to access these reserves.
These are also forest reserves with high biological value. These four reserves are relatively well located for visiting, having public roads close by. A visit to one of these reserves does however place demands on mobility.
There are designated parking and information boards at Ekeby and Hällesta reserves. Haga Hage and Igelsjöskogen are located close by public roads and can be reached via private trails suitable for walking.
These reserves in Åkers Bergslag are located next to each other. Here we see the successful combination of high nature value and beautiful accessible nature. The reserves are located next to the two narrow rift valley lakes called Övre and Mellan Marviken. The most popular rest spot along the canoe and skating route between Mälaren and Vagnhärad can be found here in the reserve. There is also a small beach and accessible dry toilet.
Most visitors hike along the lakes or up to Kvarnkärret which has previously been dammed up and used as a reservoir . A stream meanders from Kvarnkärret through a deep ravine to Övre Marviken. The stream has previously been used as a source of energy for the works at Krampan. As well as the areas which can be easily accessed both reserves also contain pathless land and bird protection zone where access is denied for parts of the year.
I sjön Likstammen, en av Sörmlands klaraste sjöar, ligger Utnäsets naturreservat. Reservatet består av en mäktig udde med höga botaniska och geologiska värden. En särskild p-plats för besökare finns anlagd 250 meter norr om gården Lundby. En markerad strövstig, 1,5 km lång, utgår från p-platsen och leder in till reservatet.
A visit to Herröknanäs nature reserve is a step right into a Sörmland country estate. The natural and cultural values found at Herröknanäs are the result of a long, continual and traditional custom of haymaking and pasture.
The area is naturally and culturally valuable with the existence of centuries-old deciduous trees and is valuable as a living environment for rare animal species, above all insects living on wood. There is a visitors parking and information next to the reserve.
The reserve contains a deeply cut meandering stream which runs out into Lake Misteln. There is lush vegetation around the stream. The ravine is one of the county’s most interesting habitats. Up in the north there is a 125-year-old spruce forest with a very special flora. A public road runs right through the reserve. The distance between Nytorpsravinen and Herröknanäs is short and a visit to both the reserves is recommended.
The area consists of eight islands with surrounding water in Lake Båven. The reserve’s greatest value is the virgin forest where trees have been able to freely grow since the islands stopped being used as pastureland.
Hornafjärden nature reserve is a wonderful excursion with places to swim at Majholmen and Hånö. If visiting the area, it’s important to remember that there are bird protection zones during the period 1 April–31 July.
Misätters Ekhagar nature reserve is located north of Stjärnhov by Lake Misteln. The majority of the reserve’s 14 hectares is pastureland and broad-leaved deciduous forest. About fifty trees in the area are considered worthy of protection, and five of these are oaks with a circumference of more than five metres. The reserve is also important for outdoor activity. Its location close by Lake Misteln makes it a very popular excursion and walking destination. It is easy to reach the nature reserve as it is located right by a main road.