The meadow was used for pasture and hay making and there have been small cultivation plots at several places in the area that now forms the nature reserve. Several paths lead round the area. Many information boards along the paths describe the flowers and trees so walks in the nature reserve are very informative.
Natural flora and park escapees
Anemones cover the ground under the oaks in the spring and the lungwort is more common here than almost any other part of the county.
Other plants in the grove are hepatica (liverleaf), baneberry, spring pea, wood vetch, giant bellflower, common twayblade, herb-Paris and lily-of-the-valley. Many plants have also spread from the park established in the 17th century on Trystorp Farm. The most eye-catching is the yellow oxeye, a metre-high plant with flowers like sunflowers.
Other species that have spread from the park are columbine, clustered bellflower, Turk’s cap lily, wood forget-me-not and hautbois strawberry.
The call of the cuckooi
Many birds live in the old oaks, such as the greater-spotted and lesser-spotted woodpecker, the green woodpecker and the black woodpecker. Other species breeding here are the tawny owl, stock dove, hawfinch, honey buzzard and nutcracker. The red-breasted flycatcher is sometimes heard in the area.
A traditional event for many nature conservation associations is to listen to the cuckoo, and Trystorp meadow is the perfect destination. An early morning picnic is usually accompanied by the calls of several cuckoos in the surroundings.
There are fewer oaks than before, as shown by the number of old stumps. The thickest oak is in the middle of the area. Its circumference is more than 5.5 metres and is over 400 years old.
Geology and history
The area comprises higher ground composed of moraine with many large stones in the surface. The main vegetation is deciduous forest. The nature reserve was established in 1967 to preserve a more or less closed deciduous/grove area with characteristic vegetation, particularly rich spring flora.
Trystorp oak meadow is part of an old cultural landscape where the numerous cairns give the clearest indication of cultivation in times gone by. The area gets its name from the large oaks, but just as impressive in the stands are the large lime trees. The nature reserve was extended in 1998.
In order to retain the area’s character, the reserve is managed according to a plan adopted by the County Administrative Board.
The reserve is divided into a number of smaller areas with individual management measures for each. The objective for the dense grove section adjoining the car park is natural development towards native deciduous forest with undisturbed competition between bushes and trees. Only the paths will be cleared in this area. In other management areas, the measures often comprise continuous thinning and annual cutting of open areas.
How to get there
There is a sign to the nature reserve along the road between Kvistbro and Vretstorp, just south of Trystorp Farm. There is a car park and picnic tables.
In the nature reserve, you are not permitted to:
- disturb animals, such as by taking photographs or disturbing breeding birds
- in any other way collect insects
- damage the ground surface
- pick or dig up flowers, fungi or lichens
- carve in bark or dead trees
- have dogs or other animals unleashed
- start fires, camp or park caravans
- drive motor vehicles or cycle anywhere but on designated roads
- set up notice boards, placards, posters or similar
- disturb others through the use of radios, tape recorders, or similar.