The nature reserve is located in the Southeastern part of Älmhult municipality. The reserve is a mixture of forests, mostly deciduous trees. A significant number of boulders make the area unique. Many dead or dying trees are found in the area, therefore rare insects, mosses and fungi occur in abundance.
Taxås is situated just a few kilometers north of a town called Älmhult, southernmost Smolandia. The municipality of Älmhult, including Taxås nature reserve, is also part of something called the Land of Legends. According to the rich tradition of storytelling and legends in the area, trolls are living in the dense forests of Taxås. We did not see any trolls, but we sure saw the beauty of nature!
The taxås nature reserve is an area of both land and water. Deciduous forests dominate, and many rare flowers grow here. Taxås cliff is known for its spectacular view over lake Möckeln. Close by, a neolithic stone cist can also be found. In the area, there are two walking paths of 2 km each.
We took a day off to go on an expedition in remote forests to see how winter was treating nature. We found no mammals, but a few birds. There was nearly no snow in sight, although the lake was still covered with ice; not thick enough to walk on, though.
One piece of birch bark that we found lying on the ground. There was no bark missing on the surrounding birches, so we guess that the bark must have been carried there. We took the bark home to the Nature Lab. Hopefully, we can make something beautiful out of it.