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European Rewilding Network

Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve

Nature based tourism & wildlife watching

Beaver in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve.
Peter Cairns

The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve in southern Dalarna and northern Västmanland is one of the biggest nature reserves in Sweden. High hills and deep valleys surround a long stretch of excellent paddling water with steep cliffs descending dramatically into the river along narrow stretches. The wilderness is located on top of a higher plateau and the wildlife is rich. There are a lot of moose, deer and beavers but also lynxes, wolves and bears are represented. The chances of seeing lynxes, wolves and bears are, however, very slim because the animals are low in number and very shy. Sometimes howling wolves can be heard at night. Moose, deer and beavers are more common. The reserve is one of the most moose-populated areas in the world and one of few wolf territories in Sweden. Since 1950 when the area became a nature reserve, 54 000 hectares of forest has been protected from development.

Project: Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve
Region: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve
Type of protection: Nature Reserve
Habitat types: Wilderness
Keystone species: River pearl mussel, three toed woodpecker and osprey
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, deer, beaver, fox, lynx, wolf and bear
Type of project: Fostering the development of nature based economies
Aim and vision: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve was one of a few areas nominated by the Swedish Eco Tourism association as a candidate a few years ago. The aim is to extend the level of protection and territory. There are other wild areas around the reserve which can be extended to a 100000 hectares wilderness.
That the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve would be a totally protected area according to the rewilding standards.
Uniqueness of the project: The big size of wilderness area (more than 100 000 hectares) only 2,5 hours from Stockholm.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Recreational activities
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve being extended and a totally protected area according to the Rewilding standards.
Results so far: The extensive investigation and research accomplished in the application process to the Swedish Rewilding nomination a few years ago.
Inspirational value: .
Experience you would like to share: The Philosophy is to accomplish active nature experiences in the nature reserve. A safari is not only a drive in a vehicle, it is a wider nature experience when the visitor achieves a soft activity in the nature while watching wild animals.
Experience you would like to gain: Support to reach the 10 years goal from now: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve being a totally protected area according to the Rewilding standards.
Map
Country
Sweden
Start year
2009
Size (ha)
100000
Area type
Northern coniferous forest
Flagship species
Elk
Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve
Beaver in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve.
Peter Cairns

The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve in southern Dalarna and northern Västmanland is one of the biggest nature reserves in Sweden. High hills and deep valleys surround a long stretch of excellent paddling water with steep cliffs descending dramatically into the river along narrow stretches. The wilderness is located on top of a higher plateau and the wildlife is rich. There are a lot of moose, deer and beavers but also lynxes, wolves and bears are represented. The chances of seeing lynxes, wolves and bears are, however, very slim because the animals are low in number and very shy. Sometimes howling wolves can be heard at night. Moose, deer and beavers are more common. The reserve is one of the most moose-populated areas in the world and one of few wolf territories in Sweden. Since 1950 when the area became a nature reserve, 54 000 hectares of forest has been protected from development.

Map
Country
Sweden
Start year
2009
Size (ha)
100000
Area type
Northern coniferous forest
Flagship species
Elk
Specification
Project: Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve
Region: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve
Type of protection: Nature Reserve
Habitat types: Wilderness
Keystone species: River pearl mussel, three toed woodpecker and osprey
Fauna (mega) species present: Moose, deer, beaver, fox, lynx, wolf and bear
Description
Type of project: Fostering the development of nature based economies
Aim and vision: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve was one of a few areas nominated by the Swedish Eco Tourism association as a candidate a few years ago. The aim is to extend the level of protection and territory. There are other wild areas around the reserve which can be extended to a 100000 hectares wilderness.
That the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve would be a totally protected area according to the rewilding standards.
Uniqueness of the project: The big size of wilderness area (more than 100 000 hectares) only 2,5 hours from Stockholm.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Recreational activities
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve being extended and a totally protected area according to the Rewilding standards.
Results so far: The extensive investigation and research accomplished in the application process to the Swedish Rewilding nomination a few years ago.
Exchange
Inspirational value: .
Experience you would like to share: The Philosophy is to accomplish active nature experiences in the nature reserve. A safari is not only a drive in a vehicle, it is a wider nature experience when the visitor achieves a soft activity in the nature while watching wild animals.
Experience you would like to gain: Support to reach the 10 years goal from now: The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve being a totally protected area according to the Rewilding standards.
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