Risens Naturreservat 2014
Risens Naturreservat 2014 | Photo: Jorchr (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Risens Naturreservat

Nature reserve near Genarp

Risens Naturreservat is a nature conservation area of 230 hectares on the outskirts of Genarp, a village located about 25 kilometers south east of Lund.

The nature reserve consists of a varied mixture of oak and beech forest, marshy wetlands and open pastures. In the spring, especially the extensive pastures in Risens Naturreservat are an attraction, when they are littered with the blue flowers of the European pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris).

In the summer, various Orchis appear on the open area, followed by common lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica), catsfoot (Antennaria dioica) and the yellow glowing flowers of the common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium).

On warm summer days, many butterflies flutter over the flowering meadows, including a few rare species, such as the highly endangered large blue (Phengaris arion). Particularly in the older and gnarled beeches and oaks of the forest is a rich insect life. You can find the very rare large black longhorn (Stictoleptura scutellata), a kind of beetle that occurs at no other place in Sweden for decades.

In the wetlands you can hear the loud croaking of the male common water frog (Pelophylax esculentus), the largest species of frog occurring in Sweden. The air is also fulfilled by the singing of numerous songbirds, and the call of the western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) or the pounding staccato of the black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius).

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