Ölands ostkust

The southern sub site. Well grazed wetland close to shore
The southern sub site. Well grazed Dasiphora fruticosa
The central sub site. Grazed wetland near the shoreline
The central sub site. Dryer land with occurrence of bush dominated by Juniperus communis ssp. communis
The northern sub site. Well managed wetland.
The northern sub site. A small ditch is crossing the wetland.

Ölands ostkust

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  • Area: 
    10,718 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    56°46'N 16°47'E
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The Site is comprised of three sub-sites: Södviken, Egby – Kapelludden and Stora Ören – Gammalsbyören. The Site is a unique example of a large and continuous area of coastal habitats. It includes shallow coastal waters, bays, sandbanks, beaches, wet calcareous meadows, and steppe-like dry meadows on moraine islands. The great natural value of the Site depends on a continued adequate level of grazing, which has been practised together with haymaking since the Middle Ages. The Site is important for nesting waterbirds and a variety of migrating birds, notably waders and raptors. Many habitats of European importance as well as nationally red-listed bird and plant species are present. The Site hosts the nationally red-listed Baltic population of harbour seal Phoca vitulina and grey seal Halichoerus grypus, both listed in the EU Habitats Directive. All three sub-sites contain shallow brackish waters with abundant seaweed, which are of great importance for spawning fish and have a high biodiversity. Stora Ören – Gammalsbyören, the southernmost sub-site, is included in the World Heritage Site “The agricultural landscape of Southern Öland”.

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  • Global international designation: 
    • World Heritage site
  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature reserve - Frösslunda sjömark
    • Nature reserve - Gammalsby sjömarker
    • Nature reserve - Hjälmstads sjömarker
    • Nature reserve - Marsjö sjömarker
    • Nature reserve - Södviks sjömarker
    • Nature reserve - Östra Vässbys sjömarker
    • Site of national importance for nature conservation - Östra Ölands strandängar
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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