Skanörs Ljungs Naturreservat 2011
Skanörs Ljungs Naturreservat 2011 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Skanörs Ljungs Naturreservat

Nature reserve near Skanör

The nature reserve Skanörs Ljung preserves an ancient landscape and the only remains of a landscape that was found 150 years ago on the peninsula Falsterbo.

The entire nature reserve has a total area of 600 hectares, of which about are 360 hectares are inland. Skanörs ljung is divided into three sections. One stretches south of Falsterbovägen for about 250 hectares and contains the golf course of Ljunghusens GK. The next part is located between Falsterbovägen and the old railway, while the third part is located north of the old railway.

The whole area is of high botanical, zoological and cultural value. In addition to heather (Calluna vulgaris), cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix) and crowberry (Empetrum) you will also find rare plants such as drug eyebright (Euphrasia stricta), purging flax (Linum catharticum) and marsh gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe).

The bird life is not particularly rich in species. The main bird species include whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis), northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) and meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis). In the southern part of the nature reserve wetlands predominate. Mainly with wet meadows, but also interrupted by areas of dry sand. Here breed dunlins (Calidris alpina), pied avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta), little terns (Sternula albifrons) and arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea).

Several findings, such as the remains of Iron Age settlements, confirm the cultural and historical significance of this area. In addition, there are the remains of former beach ridges from the same period and old pastures used since the Middle Ages.

Falsterbovägen
239 42 Skanör
55°24′7.09″N 12°53′2.20″E

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