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Naturum Vattenriket visitor centre -

an exhibition packed with experiences

planillustration_eng.gif1. Rich in water, waterlogged, or literally the ‘water kingdom’ (Vattenrike)
Shifting views of Kristianstad’s wetlands.
Opinions about the wetlands around Kristianstad have varied over hundreds of years. When the town was founded at the start of the 17th century, the wetlands were part of the town’s defences. It’s now high time for Kristianstad to defend its wetlands. Read more:
Water – a blessing, a curse, a resource

2. Biosphere reserves – a global perspective
How to use nature, but not use it all up. The biosphere is the thin layer of life on Earth that comprises all ecosystems. It may consist of a rain forest, a lake or an arable field. Biosphere reserves are model areas for sustainable development. The UN body UNESCO grants the areas reserve status, and they are located all over the world. Read more A global perspective - how to use natural resources without using them up

3. Biosphere reserves – a local perspective
The Vattenrike reserve is in harmony with nature and humans. Kristianstads Vattenrike has been classed as one of UNESCO’s selected biosphere reserves. Here, humans and nature can develop together. In Kristianstads Vattenrike, the community is developed in ways that benefit both the natural environment and human beings. Read more:
A local perspective - People and nature in harmony
Wet grasslands – the farmers’ livelihood

Kristianstads Vattenrike all year round
Few areas have as rich and varied natural scenery and wildlife as Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve. There is a lot to explore here all year round. Each season has its own specific character and experiences to offer.

4. Fish in the Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve
The many different water environments are home to a wide variety of species. At least 38 species of fish have been caught in the reserve’s lakes and rivers. Of these species, 32 spawn in fresh water. The numerous varied species thrive thanks to the abundance of different water environments.

5. Hammarsjön
A shallow steppe lake with many water environments. Hammarsjön is a shallow, eutrophic steppe lake, 10 km long and 4 km wide. The appearance of the lake constantly changes – in both long-term and short-term perspectives. 

6. Excellent water from time immemorial
The largest groundwater reservoir in northern Europe is located here. The water has shaped the landscape over the course of many geological ages and now also provides us with excellent drinking water.

7. Wet and dry
Wet water-meadows encounter sandy arable land. The two extremes meet in Kristianstads Vattenrike; the wet water-meadows along the Helge Å river, and the dry sandy arable land at Ripa, Horna and Åhus. Both are remains of an old cultural landscape that can still be seen in the reserve.

 From the forest to the sea
Landscape shaped by nature and humans. Kristianstads Vattenrike is a biosphere reserve comprising a mosaic of landscape types. With the exception of mountains, practically all Swedish landscape types are represented here. To capture all the area’s special features, 10 landscape themes were described in the application submitted to UNESCO in 2005.

Birds in Kristianstads Vattenrike
A pleasant habitat for both birds and bird watchers. Majestic eagles, courting waders and trumpeting flocks of cranes. Kingfishers with their shimmering blue feathers, and thousands of geese. In the biosphere reserve you can experience fascinating birdlife all year round.

8. Flowing water
The long strands of river water-crowfoot whirl in the rapids. In Kristianstads Vattenrike you will find flowing watercourses that meander through varied landscapes including beech forest ravines, water mill environments, dry meadows, hay fields, and willow thickets.

9. Join us on a tour of the area in “Opteryx”

We have aimed to create an exhibition that is primarily based on things to experience; the texts are relatively brief. Our hope is that when you have visited the exhibition at Naturum Vattenriket you should take the time to explore the biosphere reserve. You can either make your own way to some of our 20 visitor sites, or book a guided tour on the water or on land. Our staff in reception will be pleased to offer tips and advice about excursions.