Kristianstad Vattenrike

Kristianstads Vattenrike is located in Skåne, the southernmost of Sweden’s provinces. The area includes the lower drainage basin of the River Helge å and the coastal waters of Hanöbukten Bay, which is part of the Baltic Sea.

Declaration Date: 2005
Surface Area: 104,375 ha
Administrative Division: The Municipality of Kristianstad 

Human Activities

To make more acess for visitors we have created more than 20 visitor sites in the reserve. Some have birdwatching towers, other have boardwalks or outdoor museums.

Ecological Characteristics

The Biosphere Reserve is in Skåne, the southern most of Swedens provinces.

The area includes the lower drainage basin of the River Helge å in the Municipality of Kristianstad and the coastal waters of Hanöbukten Bay, which forms part of the Baltic Sea.

It covers 100 000 ha and contains within its boundaries landscapes and biological values of regional, national and international importance.

At the heart of the entire area, extending north to south, is an expanse of rich wetlands of international importance (The Helgeån Ramsar Site). Other examples of biotopes that are classified as possessing high biological values of international and national importance include stretches of running water, broadleaf forests and the sandy grasslands formerly managed under a rotational system of cultivation and falllow.

Within all of these landscapes and ecosystems there are areas af varying extent wich possess such high values that they form a part of the European Union's Natura 2000 network. There are also about 15 nature reserves here.

Priorities in the Biosphere Reserve

Source: Kristianstad Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve, Sweden


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