Measures for conservation benefit
The landscape analysis has now been used since 2008, and a large number of measures have been implemented with support from it. Here are a few examples of work done on municipally owned land:
- The oak landscape’s high-value areas are protected, and green links are identified in the physical planning.
- All oak habitats larger than two hectares are re- stored and grazed in collaboration with roughly 25 animal keepers (approx. 800 hectares).
- Old oaks have been cleared around, and an oak management plan including some 250 oak areas has been developed in order to systematise the management measures.
- In woodlandry measures, oaks and their natural rejuvenation must always benefit. Oak and pine rejuvenation is today the main focus in rejuve- nation of the municipally owned woodlands, especially where the spruce bark beetle has run amok.
- In parks, green spaces and nature reserves, planting includes oaks and the flowering bushes and small trees of the oak landscapes.
- Residents are involved in the plantings, as they can plant their own ‘memorial oaks’ on municipally-owned land.
- A large number of wood mould boxes, stag beetle habitat piles, fauna depots (dead wood left on the ground with the aim of increasing biodiversity) and bee beds are built in parks, green spaces and nature reserves.
- Species present in the oak landscapes are inventoried systematically, and the population development of the hermit beetle is monitored in an eight-year inventory cycle.
It is also important to make the oak landscapes accessible to residents, and to spark their interest in the landscapes. Located near the city, the oak landscapes are attractive for recreation. New recreational facilities are frequently being established, and a large number of guided tours are conducted. Today the conservation of the oak landscapes for people, animals and plants has sound support with the residents of “Linköping – the city of oaks”.