Nature reserve near Söderåkra
Örarevets Naturreservat is a popular nature reserve on the coast of Torsås Kommun. It is located near Gunnarstorp, about four kilometres east of the town of Söderåkra, and offers exceptional scenery and diverse bird life.
The nature reserve Örarevet covers a total of 239 hectares, of which about 56 hectares are land areas. The biggest feature is a two-kilometre-long boulder ridge, a reef formed by large pebbles piled up during the Ice Age. Between the reef and the mainland is a lagoon-like archipelago with 30 islets and skerries.
Flora and fauna in the nature reserve
Centuries of grazing have created a rich flora and many bird species still breed in the archipelago, such as the common linnet (Linaria cannabina), the barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria), the little tern (Sternula albifrons) and the Canada goose (Branta canadensis). A total of 40 bird species can be spotted in the nature reserve.
The islets in the lagoon are home to various rushes such as sea rush (Juncus maritimus) or blackgrass (Juncus gerardii) as well as sweet grasses such as red fescue (Festuca rubra) and creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera). Other plants in the nature reserve Örarevet are sea milkwort (Glaux maritima), seaside centaury (Centaurium littorale), seaside brookweed (Samolus valerandi) and dragon's teeth (Tetragonolobus maritimus).
Discover Örarevets Naturreservat
The recreation and excursion area offers you extensive beach meadows, the striking and barren pebble beaches as well as juniper heaths. The north of the nature reserve is characterised by a sparse pine forest. From the nearby parking lot, a hiking trail leads you south along the headland. At the edge of the path you will always find barbecue sites for a cosy break. The skerries in the lagoon can only be reached by boat.
On the shore of the Baltic Sea and among the large pebbles of the riff, you can repeatedly observe tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula), Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) and ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) during your hike.
In the north of Örarevet you will not only find the parking lot, but also the particularly beautiful beach Fulviks Badplats. There you can also find a barrier-free dry toilet.