Änggårdsbergen Nature Reserve: 1 of 400 THINGS TO DO in GOTHENBURG

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Gothenburg has many natural spots, and areas developed or reserved for green areas: parks, woodlands, and forests.  Änggårdsbergen Nature Reserve is one of them, and it is a nature-like nature. The reserve has characteristic West Sweden habitat such as heather and marshlands and with a varied landscape of valleys, dales and ridges. Spring is one of the best seasons to visit for the dales and valleys will glow in flowers, and there is an arboretum (a collection of exotic trees from different parts of the northern hemisphere). The nature reserve has a network of winding paths for walkers, cyclists, hikers, mountain bikers, and horse-riders.

LOCATION: Änggårdsbergen is located next to Botainical Garden of Gothenburg and stretches towards the nature area of Sisjön the south of the city of Mölndal.

The 320 hectares of Änggårdsbergen contains ancient burial sites dating back to the Bronze Age.

One of the spots in the nature reserve gives you a view of the ocean, and one can also see the lighthouse Vinga Fyr.

ÄNGGÅRDSBERGEN: äng in Swedish language refers to meadow (an äng, ängen, ängar: a meadow, the meadow, meadows), gård refers to a yard or country estate or farm such as hundgård (kennel), örtgård (herb garden), trädgård (garden), borggård (courtydar), kyrkogård (cemetery), and berg refers to a mountain, rock, or hill (ett berg, berget, berg, Bergen).

The nature reserve is a popular recreation area with a large number of trails and paths. The landscape is varied and also the trees and plants. There are leafy deciduous forests, nutrient-poor ferns and bare flat rocks with- and without seasonal growth. The flora and fauna are relatively rich in the reserve. The reserve has significance in terms of endangered heathland habitat.

The nature reserve is valued for its cultural landscape. The area was once used for grazing and for cutting and collecting firewood for several centuries for the people living in and around Gothenburg. Grazing ceased in the early twentieth century, and forest has grown. The trees and plants cover large parts of the nature reserve in twenty-first century.

CYCLING & WALKING: Änggårdbergen is popular outdoor spot for cyclists and walkers. As a result of this, the reserve management suggests people visiting their dogs to keep them leashed and also suggests cyclists to show consideration for walkers and tree roots when cycling in the area. It is not unusual to see cyclists cycling in and out of the area.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED:

-to pick up plants or dig plants

-to have or bring unleashed dogs

-to put up a camp

-to light a fire or bonfire or grill

-to use radios or similar high-volume musical gadgets

-to drive motor vehicles such as mopeds and bicycles (with motors) unless prior permission is sought from the reserve manager

-to mark out trails with paper-strips

-to ride horses except on sign-posted bridle paths

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