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Rare animals and plants at Stockholm Arlanda attract visitors

2013-07-25, kl. 09:12

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is more than an airport. There is a rich assortment of flora and fauna at and in the vicinity of the airport, with as many as 426 species just around the take-off and landing runways. An activity track has been set up around nearby Lake Halmsjö with places to swim, an outdoor café and a popular wakeboard facility.

In an inventory carried out in 2012, 426 different species of plants and animals were identified just around Stockholm Arlanda’s take-off and landing runways. The airport has a conservational effect on the environment there. The land is never fertilised and the grass is frequently cut, which means that the original meadowland has been preserved. Fourteen species are on the Swedish Species Information Centre’s Red List of endangered species. This natural biodiversity has resulted in a collaboration between Swedavia, the Swedish Species Information Centre and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Anyone who wants to study wildlife can follow the four-kilometre nature trail that circles nearby Lake Halmsjön. People can scout around for some of the rarest species of flowers, such as field gentian and eyebright, which both bloom in August. Also at Stockholm Arlanda is the six-spot burnet butterfly, which is likewise on the Red List of endangered species.

“The land around the airport is an important cultural heritage and a biological goldmine. We invite others to come visit and experience this unique environment. There is also an exhibit in Sky City about the wildlife around Stockholm Arlanda, which was prepared in collaboration with the Swedish Species Information Centre and the World Wildlife Fund,” says Lena Rökaas, acting airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Also about a kilometre beyond Lake Halmsjön is the Lejden conservation area, which has some of Sweden’s oldest and best preserved natural pasturelands.