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Höö nature reserve

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The nature reserve has three walking paths and consists of water, meadows, forests, fields and pastures. The reserve is intended to preserve a piece of the old agricultural landscape, which, in this area, is unusually beautiful, and to protect flora and fauna.

The eastern part of Höö consists of greenstone. Further to the west, the greenstone content decreases and this alteration in the soil is reflected by the distribution of the vegetation. At the western and eastern sides of the high plateau, there are many precipitous cliffs.

The meadows in Höö are rich in species: almost 200 different kinds of plant have been found here. In an area of 10 square meters, 50 different species can be found.

At the highest point on the island, there is an old farm, surrounded by large elms and ash trees. The Gustav Vasa Land Register of 1553, records Höö as an independent farm, by then called Högen. The history of this settlement, however, seems to go back another few hundreds of years. Since 1559, the farm has been called Höö.

In the middle of the nineteenth century most of the island was cleared. Until the mid 1920s the area under cultivation was twice as large, compared to now. However, the owners of the farm have preserved the old agricultural methods and, thereby, the content of the countryside and landscape.

In 1969, the Höö island, together with several smaller islands, became a nature reserve. The total area is 110 hectares. The flora has been scientifically documented and a preservation plan drawn up.

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