Ambassador profile


  Name: Peder Hedberg Fält
  Function: Office Manager
  Country: Sweden
  E-mail: peder.hedberg.falt(at)o.lst(dot)se
  Tel: +46 (0) 3160 5240

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Länsstyrelsen Västra Götalands län (County Administration of Västra Götaland)
  E-mail: hornborga.naturum(at)o.lst(dot)se
  Tel: +46 (0) 3160 5240
  Established: 1998-01-01
  Category: County administration
  Number of staff: about 10 at the local office, Hornborgasjön
Site profile
  Site name: Hornborgasjön  
  Location: Västra Götaland  
  Land area: 4,000 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: Skövde  
  Natura 2000 ID: SE0540084  
  Annual visitor count:
Increasing a lot.
About 250,000 now
  Majority of visitors from:
The majority of the visitors are from Sweden.
Some of the visitors come from Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Norway.
  Site description:

Lake Hornborga is situated in the ancient countryside in the tableland of Västergötland. A host of ancient monuments and stone walls bear witness to the activities of generations past. Famed as a bird lake, ravaged by countless attempts to lower the level of the water, Lake Hornborga was revived by an extensive and unique restoration programme. A paradise for resting and breeding wetland birds. Every year, the lively dance steps of the resting cranes attract huge crowds of spectators.
At Lake Hornborga, there are two Naturum information centres, walking tracks, bird towers, hide-outs and grazing native breeds.


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Grus grus Crane
    Podiceps nigricollis Black-necked Grebe
    Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe
    Chlidonias niger Black Tern
    Anas clypeata Shoveler
    Anas querquedula Garganey
    Aythya ferina Pochard
    Botaurus stellaris Bittern
    Larus ridibundus Black-headed gull (10.000 breeding pairs - by far the largest number in Sweden).
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion and Hydrocharition-type vegetation
  3160 Natural dystrophic lakes and ponds
  6270* Fennoscandian lowland species-rich dry to mesic grasslands
  6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soil
  7110* Active raised bogs
  9070 Fennoscandian wooded pastures
  91D0* Bog woodland
  91E0* Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion alvae)
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←       → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Port authorities        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Species follow-up

Counting migrating and breeding birds - year after year after year after. The countings are made every week during spring and once a month in autumn.
Special studies of Eurasian Cranes and Greylag Geese. Numbers, behaviour, ringing, feeding and protection. Annual and detailed countings of two of Swedens rarest breeding birds - Black Tern (about 25 percent of the swedish Black terns breed in Hornborgasjön) and Black-necked Grebe (the only swedish breeding site).


Bird Flu

Hornborgasjöns Field Station (a separate organization, mainly based on work of volounteers) are catching birds (mainly ducks) and collecting excrements (swans, cranes) for examining. This work is a part of the european programme, searching for knowledge about Bird Flu. Birds are caught in a specially built cage, and tests are sent away for examination on a daily basis. So far (August 2007) no Bird Flu has been found.



The website is our main tool, along with media. A lot of the media coverage is, however, concentrated to the arrival of the cranes in spring. School-projects (mainly in spring and early summer), public walks (in spring, summer and autumn), exhibitions (two visitor centres with staff from mid March until late September), European projects (interreg IIIB, for instance), brochures (about the nature reserve, and the cranes) and events (autumn and winter).

Photo credit: Länsstyrelsen i Västra Götalands län (County Administration of Västra Götaland)
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Guided visits
Other: Media, our most important source for spreading knowledge about the site and the lake


  Event frequency
At least once per week (from January to September)


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity
Our site ( is of course one of many sites within the County Administration of Västra Götaland. For instance


Site management profile
"Breeding birds in Natura 2000-areas of Hornborgasjön"
  Key site management issues:


Managing a wetland. Preserving and developing one of the most important birdlakes in northern Europe.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


We are, for instance, counting breeding birds in certain areas according to Natura 2000. We are also taking care of wet meadows, grasslands and other areas according to the directives for birds and habitats.


  Key site management objectives:


To evaluate number and species of certain birds connected to certain habitats within the lake (nature reserve).

To follow the development (or status) among birds in certain habitats.


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


The work is done in close cooperation with a stakeholder called Hornborgasjöns fältstation – which is a NGO for birdwatchers (well, not only, but mainly) around Hornborgasjön.

They were doing a lot of the work, basically. Especially the field-studies.


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


Counting birds according to directives from Natura 2000

The methods suggested by Natura 2000. No more, no less.


  Results of action and activities:


This is one of the ways we are developing the cooperation with NGO´s around the lake. It´s been a good experience.

No major changes seen within the populations, so far. The studies have been going on for three years.


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


SEK 15,000 (roughly), which is about EUR 1,500


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


SEK 1,500,000 (about EUR 150,000)


  Budget reserved for communication:


SEK 1,000,000 (about EUR 100,000)


  European funding:


EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development)

and ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)



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