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River Kisaån Föllingsö

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Project sites, River Kisaån

River Kisaån

The Natura 2000 area (ie the project site “Kisaån/Föllingsö”) covers the outlet of Lake Föllingen and a downstream part (1 km) of the River Kisaån. At the shore of Lake Föllingen, close to the outlet into the River Kisaån is an old manor. The surrounding landscape has an ancient character with pastures, meadows, fields, and historical wooden fences. Grazing land has been cleared and fences have been built to demonstrate how a manor environment looked like in the 19th century. The long historical continuity of the area is also emphasized by the remnants of a settlement with fields and graves that originates from the Iron Age.

The pastures are dominated by deciduous trees, like Querqus robur (oak), Fraxinus excelsior (ash) and Tilia cordata (small-leaved lime). Shrub layer is well developed and Corylus avellana (hazel) appears in several places in the area. Pastures flourish with plenty of Primula veris (cowslip), Saxifraga granulata and Linum usitatissimum (flax seed). In the meadows, the rare Gentianella campestris (field gentian) and Scorzonera humilis (viper’s-grass) have been found. In addition, the area holds a diverse butterfly fauna and a rich fungal flora.

The thick shelled river mussel (Unio crassus) and brow trout (Salmo trutta) has been found in the river. The high cultural and biological values of the Föllingsö Natura 2000 site in combination with its location close to the Village of Kisa, makes it a popular recreation area. The main purpose of the Natura 2000 area is to maintain and to restore habitats to obtain a favourable conservation status at bio-geographic level for Unio crassus as well as for the habitat type. The area has high conservation values with spawning grounds for Salmo trutta, several aquatic key biotopes, and one of six populations of Unio crassus in the County. The UC4LIFE-related actions will focus on habitat improvements and re-establishment of connectivity by removal of migration obstacles in the area.



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