Nature reserve Helgö

Address: Helgö Naturreservat, 352 63 VÄXJÖ Show map

Address: Helgö Naturreservat, 352 63 VÄXJÖ

Helgö is the largest island in Lake Helgasjön.

Helgö is the largest island in Lake Helgasjön. The eastern half is a nature reserve together with the water and islands nearby. The nature varies with for example a pine bog, beech forests and mixed conifer forests. You can find different species of moss and lichen and a rich bird life.

Helgö has a rich cultural history, with fields, pasturelands and ancient remains. There are a lot of cairns and laying of setts, which probably are old graves. In some places, you can find traces of cist graves. In areas with fossil fields with hundreds of clearance cairns, there are wells in stones, probably carved out by humans. There are a lot of walking paths on Helgö and also barbecue places. The nature reserve consists of a bog, beech forests, mixed coniferous forests, beaches, pasture lands and farmlands. There is also some broad-leaved deciduous forest with for example oak, but also deciduous trees such as birch and aspen trees. You might be lucky enough to find mushrooms, blueberries and cloudberries. When it comes to birds, some of the species on Helgö are Black-throated diver, osprey, Eurasian Hobby, Black Woodpecker, grosbeak and Mistle Thrush.

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