Animal inventories

Animal inventories and Living Archipelago
(Levande skärgårdsnatur)

The Archipelago Foundation is working actively to promote animal life in the archipelago. For 30 years, the Foundation has collaborated with the Stockholm County Administrative Board, Stockholm University, the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation to take inventories in order to maintain a rich plant and animal life.

It is no longer a remarkable event to see a white-tailed eagle silhouetted against the sky. In the archipelago, 50-60 white-tailed eagle chicks hatch every year. It’s even starting to get a bit crowded for these birds to find territory. This proves that it is possible to reverse a negative trend and improve the odds for sensitive species, and this is part of the philosophy of the project.

Environmental toxins nearly wiped out the white-tailed eagle in the 1970s. However, people were starting to realise about this time that we must do something to save animal life, and this led to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation starting the “Havsörn” project. The Archipelago Foundation has provided assistance for more than 30 years with transport to inventory sites and previously helped with winter auxiliary feeding. This, in combination with prohibitions against DDT and PCB, has given results.

The project “Levande skärgårdsnatur” is targeted at protecting and preserving plant and animal life in the archipelago. This is achieved by continuous inventory work for certain animals and plants, which has been carried out since the 1980s. When changes are discovered, actions to try to deal with the problem and disturbances are rapidly in place. The rangers and conservation officers of the Archipelago Foundation are involved in the work, together with scientists from a number of institutions. These subsequently process the results from fieldwork.

The project produces a comprehensive annual report based on extensive inventory work of selected animals and plants in the archipelago. The report covers such species as coastal birds, red-listed butterflies and a number of rare plants. It also describes the extent of the cormorant, and the situations of the grey seal, white-tailed eagle and the eagle owl. Special attention is paid under water to bladder wrack and barnacles.