Nature Reserves

In Sweden and in many other countries, nature reserves are one of the most common ways to protect valuable nature in the long term. Here you will find a selection of the fine nature reserves located in Gnosjö and Gislaveds municipalities.

There is a total of 16 nature reserves and protected nature areas in varying character.

Länsstyrelsens map of Nature Reserves

The source of the information below is Länsstyrelsen Jönköpings Län

Anderstorps Stormosse
The nature reserve is almost 2000 hectares large and has a rich bird life with, among other things, several nesting waders. On some moorholms there are really old coniferous forests and on the bog grows dwarf birch. During the Second World War, peat was broken on the bog and today the bog is drained through many ditches. During 2010-2015, a restoration project was completed aiming at restoring the moss to a more natural state. Within the framework of the project, facilities are also being built for visitors, such as parking space, bird tower and a footbridge over the bog. The nature reserve is located between Anderstorp and Nissafors.

This is a bog in the outskirts of Store Mosse National Park.The reserve was formed to extend the protection of the large swamp areas that exist in the national park. Brokullen started forming about 8000 years ago and it is called högmosse since the bog is arched and is a bit higher in the centre. The peat in the bog is created by plants that are only partially decayed. The wet environment has made so that the dead plants haven't been able to break down completely. The bog is almost entirely untouched by humans and there are no traces of peat mining.

The nature reserve Draven is located about 10 km north of Sunnaryd's ferry terminal at Lake Bolmen and is one of Sweden's most interesting bird areas. The lake has been restored to regain its character of plain lake with floods in ancient cultural landscape. It is now an important breeding ground for a wide range of birds, mainly ducks and waders. Among the best-known is the whooper swan, which began to breed here already in 1958. Other species seen at the Draven are crane, graylag goose, redshank, and more. At the lake there are two towers to make it easier for bird watchers to behold the birds. If you want to walk around parts of the whole lake, there is an footbridge path to walk on.

Is there a more beautiful place to experience summer than in the Ettö nature reserve? At Isaberg's foot and surrounded by Lake Algustorpasjön lies one of Nissadalen's most beautiful nature reserves. The peninsula Ettö is made up of sand that both Nissan and the ancient ice rivers have washed out in the Algustorpasjön. The former hay meadows are now grazed. The northern part is made up of beach meadows and a birch garden with many juniper bushes.

Fegen is a special bird sanctuary. You can find osprey, herring gull, common snipe and drill bit to name a few bird species. The lake is also rich in species, with the most special one being the spring-spawning Cisco. The fish can only be found in three lakes in Sweden (also Ören and Åsunden) and a few more around the world and it is acutely endangered. There are 16 other fish species in the lake. Around the lake are several bat habitats. Fegen is a very popular destination for outdoor life. Some areas of the nature reserve is prohibited during spring and summer. The beautiful location on a peninsula makes Sandviks Church a popular place for weddings. There is a small island next to it has old fortification walls as memories of the many border battles between Sweden and Denmark. The Hiking trail Gislavedsleden and the biking trail GG-leden passes through the area.

Isaberg is a mountain hill in the Nissan valley. The top rises 309 meters above sea level and the dominant habitat is coniferous forest. From the top you have a mile-wide view of Nissan's valley and the lake-rich landscape. Isaberg has since 1968 been protected as a nature reserve. In the area there are several marked hiking trails, some of which extend far beyond the reserve.

The Klosjön Nature Reserve is a calm and quiet nature area. Here you only experience nature's sounds like wind and bird song. Klosjön is a lake and a nature reserve in Källeryds parish in Gnosjö municipality. The nature reserve comprises 67 hectares and is protected since 2012. In Klosjön there are both perch, pike and there is also planted roach. Today, an old road stretches through the reserve between Klosjön and Hanabomossen. Along the walking path there is a simpler rest area with fireplace. There you can cook with firewood. You will find Klosjön if you turn off at road 151 between Gnosjö and Hestra at the "Nabban" sign.

Långelaggens nature reserve is an untouched bog with a wide variety of species. In the area is also a rich marsh, which is very uncommon to this part of Jönköpings county. Långelaggen is arched slightly and it is sparsely overgrown with pine and birch. On the ground you will find yellow bog asphodels, tussock wool, heather, bog heather (heath) and crowberries. In the outskirts of the bog you will find swamp forests mostly consisting of pine trees. On the mainland around the bog the pine trees grow in varying ages, except in the northeastern corner where there is some older fir trees along with deciduous trees. East of Långelaggen is the town of Stora Svalås on a ridge that borders the nature reserve. Several rivers and creeks flow through the slopes and in some parts are precipitating limonite.

Långö Mosse och Svanasjön
Långö Mosse is a narrow and long bog neighboring Store Mosse in the south and Österån in the north and it is a part of Store Mosse mire area. Together with the National Park a great wilderness area with an exciting fauna is formed. Långö Mosse and Svanasjön consist of a high bog with accompanying edge forest and an open mire. In the southern part is a lowered lake called Svanasjön. A few mire islets with mixed coniferous forest pop up in the bog.

Marieholmsskogens nature reserve was created to preserve a coniferous forest with high natural values. The reserve also exists to provide with experiences in nature and scientific research, as long as the natural values aren't disturbed. It is very uncommen with these large oldgrowth forests. During a ten-year period starting in 2005 many firs in the area died due to storms and attack by the spruce bark beetle. In an untouched forest those events as well as fires and floods are an important part of the dynamics of the forest. All these disturbances creates a diversified forest, which in its turn gives many different animals and plants the possibility to find their own specific living conditions. You will find small parts of swampy fir forests and open pine heaths. Creeks, steep mountains, lakes and bogs gives a diverse and moist environment. This leads to a flora very rich in moss and lichen species. You will also find many beetles from favored primeval forests. Wood-Grouse, game crow and titmice are quite common.

Nennesmo Nature Reserve is located about 2 km southwest of Nennesmo village, between Anderstorp and Reftele. Nennesmo is a pine-dominated ancient forest that once was the seabed beneath Fornbolmen. Today, the area constitutes the overturning part of solid land with coniferous forest, but there are also marsh and mossy fields. A large part of the pine forest is up to 300 years old and there is almost no pine trees younger than 100 years old. Between the pine trees there is 100-200-year-old spruce and there is relatively much dead wood in different degradation stages. The area is restricted to the east, north and south of Ängån and through the area a walking path leads to a rest area with fireplace.

Sandseboskogen is a pine forest area where several rare bogs and mushrooms thrive. In the area species such as drop thorn fungus, giant tricholoma and perennial lichen have been found. The oldest pines are 150 years old. In the moist fir forests you will also find lichen, great whipwort and liverwort. Wood-Grouse, blackcock, woodcock, common snipe and game crow are some of the bird species you can see. The nature reserve was formed in 2017 and is 113 hectares big. The purpose is to preserve the different forest environments with coniferous forests, bogs and creeks and the biological diversity, especially fungus and forest birds that are attached to this type of nature. Another purpose is for people to experience nature and to have a variable outdoor life. Sandseboskogen is located south of lake Rakalven, east of Stengårdhultasjön in the northeastern part of the area.

East of Valdshult, in the northern part of the area is Svinhultsåsen - the smallest nature reserve in teh area. At barely 2 hectares consists of a mountaintop surrounded by fir forests. The nature reserve was formed in 1970 to protect the nesting eagle owl. The eagle owls aren't nesting there anymore - however the ravens are. There are also some rare wood fungus in the nature reserve.

Uppebo is part of the high bog Store Mosse that was formed 8000 years ago. The peat in the bog was formed by parts of the plants that were only partially decayed. The moist environment have made it so the plants haven't been able to decompose fully. Uppebo is not the most visited outdoor area and there are not any marked trails in the reserve or to the National Park.

Villstad Kyrkby naturvårdsområde
East of Nissan, about 5 km north of Smålandsstenar, in the southern part of Gislaveds Municipality, is Villstad kyrkby. In addition to beautiful nature there are several notable buildings and other remnants of different ages. There are also many grave fields from the iron age in the area. In the church, which is built with blue prints from the 18th century, there are also remains of the 12th century church built in Roman style. There are also church stables from the 1850s where the visitors left their horses during church service. Some other interesting buildings are the large red vicarage, overclockers farm and two school houses built in 1847 and 1925.

Värö is a small island in Algustorpasjön nearby another reserve named Ettö. The environment on the two islands differs quite a lot. Ettö has an open and lush landscape, while Värö is more closed and harsh. On Värö you will find the typical Småland forest landscape concentrated in a small area. Despite being small you will find pure coniferous and deciduous forests as well as mixed forests. The island is made of rock and gravel and was formed during the great inland ice age 10 000-15 000 years ago. In the south is a mighty pine forest with tall 100 year old trees - a true "columnar forest". The island is pretty hilly with steep ridges that slopes in to the lake. The twinflower, which is significant for Småland, grows in the northern part of the island. Värö nature reserve was formed in 1979 and the area is 5,5 hectares. It is located along highway 26 (Nissastigen) close to Hestra. To get to the island you can rent a row-boat at Isaberg Mountain Resort.