Lindreservatet (Linden Nature Reserve)
Meadows and blossoming linden
Lindreservatet is one of Öland’s finest nature reserves. It features hardwood forests, pine forests, open pastures, limestone alvar, marshes and vegetation-rich hay meadows. There are large areas of linden in the reserve, which is a rare sight today.
Valuable raiding of hardwoods
Linden (lime) is a tree species that had a higher prevalence in Sweden during warmer periods, particularly during the Bronze Age. Many linden, ash and oak trees in the area are very old, and the ash and linden have traces of previous pruning to obtain leaves for fodder. The oaks have large crowns, which indicate that they once grew in an open landscape.
Lovely floral displays
The Lindreservatet contains hay fields with broadleaf trees and a rich flora. The meadows have the typical Öland appearance, with a mixture of completely open areas bordered by narrow swathes of trees and shrubs. During late spring and summer there are lovely floral displays of cowslip, early-purple orchid, military orchid, quaking grass, greater yellow-rattle, crested cow-wheat, fragrant orchid and lesser butterfly-orchid.
The Lindreservatet is home to the rare fungus Biscogniauxia cinereolilacina, and is the only place that this is found in Kalmar County. Lung lichen grows on older deciduous trees.
Many birds and bats dependent on old coarse hardwoods with holes in which to nest enjoy the wooded meadows. The unusual collared flycatcher and the rare natterer’s bat and nathusius’ pipistrelle can be found here.
Iron Age villages
There are traces of two adjacent Iron Age villages in the area around Torp village – Ebberskog to the north and Åker to the south. With their extensive system of foundations, enclosures and burial sites, these are among Öland’s best-preserved remains from the farming community of the early Iron Age.
Size: 76 ha, (188 acres)
Year of creation: 2000
Purpose: To preserve the naturally developed hardwood forests, forest-like coniferous and mixed forests, meadows, dry meadows, alvar areas and wetlands, and the flora and fauna associated with these habitats. The area is part of Natura 2000, the EU’s ecological network of protected areas.
Lindreservatet is located 2 km east of Byxelkrok, at Torp. Follow directions to the Lindreservatet Nature Reserve.
GPS coordinates to the parking lot WGS 84 decimal (lat, long): 57.31967 , 17.02925
Map: Naturcentrum AB, Stenungsund.
Download: the County administrative boards brochure over (in Swedish only) (695 kB): Lindreservatet
Download: the entire brochure (in Swedish only)(19 MB): Utflyktsguide Öland
© Lantmäteriverket, Ur Geografiska Sverigedata, översiktskartan Dnr. 106-2004/188”
Source: County Administrative Board, Kalmar