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What Regulations are There in Swedish Nature Reserves?

In Sweden, over five thousand natural areas have been designated as nature reserves. The purpose of the reserves is to protect important nature and biological diversity, but also to give people access to a richer outdoor life.


What you are allowed to do as a visitor in a reserve varies depending on what is considered important for animals and nature to thrive. It can be anything from obvious things like not picking bird eggs to something you might not think is forbidden, for example picking up sticks.


How do you know which rules apply? The reserves have signs with information about the regulations that apply. If you can't find a sign, information is also available on the internet.


Below is a list of examples of regulations that occur in nature reserves:


  • Damage or remove solid natural objects or surface formations, such as fossils.

  • Damage or remove growing trees

  • Pick flowers.

  • Dig up plants.

  • Collect mosses

  • Collect firewood and sticks.

  • Remove or damage eggs or nests.

  • Deliberately disturbing wildlife.

  • Catch insects, spiders, snails or other invertebrates.

  • Bring an off-leash dog.

  • Driving a motorized vehicle off designated roads or trails.

  • Park in a place other than in prepared parking spaces.

  • Make fire.

  • Tent or set up a caravan.


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