Welcome to the Österby nature reserve! Walk through the old coniferous forest and beautiful meadows. The relatively untouched forest has a high biodiversity. A variety of birds nest in the old trees, such as the black woodpecker, boreal owl, pygmy owl and the honey buzzard.
Capercaillie can be seen among the rocky outcrops surrounding the forest. Plants such as baneberry, alternate-leaved golden-saxifrage, and alpine enchanter's nightshade thrive in the wetter areas in the valleys.
Section 5:3 of the Sörmlandsleden trail (Paradiset—Hemfosa) passes through the reserve. Take a rest on one of the benches and enjoy the view of the meadows. Watch butterflies flutter by as you listen to the woodpeckers in the old pine forest beyond.
Activities And Facilities
- Nature reserve
By public transit: Take a bus from the Västerhaninge commuter rail station to the Hjälmsätersvägen bus stop. For current information on public transit, see sl.se.
It's a 400 m walk from the bus stop to the Österby nature reserve. Follow Norruddsvägen/Engårdsvägen road until you reach the parking lot and the informational sign.
By car: From Sorundavägen road, turn south onto Engårdsvägen road. Continue 400 m to the parking lot.
By foot: Section 5:3 (Paradiset—Hemfosa) of the Sörmlandsleden trail passes by the reserve.
In order to protect the Österby nature reserve, please respect the following rules.
Within the reserve, it is forbidden to:
- drill, cut, blast, carve, dig, paint or in any other way damage rock, soil or stone,
- break branches, fell or in any other way damage living or dead trees and bushes,
- dig up plants such as shrubs, herbaceous plants, mosses or lichens, or remove fungi growing on wood,
- operate motorised vehicles.
Read the complete reserve regulations at the County Administrative Board website (in Swedish).
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