Nature in Stockholm
The nature and wildlife in, and surrounding, Stockholm must be respected and taken great care of as it is fragile, located in a very busy area as it is.
Many birds have their nests on islets and islands in Lake Mälaren as well as in the archipelago. The best way to proceed is to be cautious and see if there is any lively activity among the birds before going ashore.
Within nature reserves, and there are quite a few, (some 130) as well as National Parks, there are special rules to abide by. The tourist offices have them listed, as well as the rules valid for each of them.
In birds as well as Seal reserves, there are restrictions on when and where you can enter. It is especially important to obey these rules at those specific times when the animals take care of their offspring.
Fish may never be caught at some of the places where the rivers run into the Baltic Sea, or into Lake Mälaren. Salmon, salmon trout, pike perch, and eel, may only be caught if they measures up to a certain standard size. Check the details in any of the tourist offices. Some parts of the archipelago are military defence zones and may not be entered by foreigners. These are marked on navigation charts, and they are listed at any of the tourist offices.
Flowers in Stockholm which are protected by law are all types of Orchids, as well as the Mistletoe, Ivy, Hepatica, (BLÅSIPPA) Pulsatilla Vernalis, (MOSIPPA) Pulsatilla Vulgaris, (BACKSIPPA) Cowslip, and the Lily of the valley. (LILJEKONVALJ) These flowers are all depicted in a brochure which can be picked up at any tourist office.
Animals in Stockholm which are protected by law are, in fact, all of the mammals and birds, except for the time of the year when there are hunting seasons. However, the hunting seasons are specific for each of the species and they do not coincide. Birds and their eggs are protected, as are their nests. The hedgehog and most of the mammals are protected all year round, and may never be killed. If accidentally killed, please take the remains to the police station. The common snake, Coronella austriaca, (HASSELSNOK) is unusual in Sweden. However, south of Stockholm, as well as on several of the islands in the archipelago, it is well known. The merefrog, Rana lessonae, (GÖLGRODA) can be seen on the coast of Uppland. They are green, and all of the green frogs, as well as their spawn, are protected by law. Big water salamander, or, Triturus cristatus, (STÖRRE VATTENSLAMANDER) is an unusual salamander and, as its kin, the ordinary salamander are, is protected by law. All of the animals described here, are all depicted in a brochure which can be picked up at any tourist office.
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