Culture and history

A stunning island world

The Storö-Bockö-Lökaön nature reserve, or the “Möja reserve” as it is known, makes up the majority of the extensive and stunning island world that lies between Stora Möja-Södermöja to the west and the open Björkskär bay to the east.

The whole of this island world is considered to be “outlying lands” by the residents of Möja. Each village traditionally owned its own particular islands, which is clear from names such as Bergbo Storö, Lökaön and Ramsmoraö. In conjunction with the legal land reform of Möja during the 19th century, areas were allocated to the various land parcels even as far out as here. The allocation procedure for land and subsequent inheritance meant that the areas were further split.

There were no permanent settlements here until the 20th century. Before then, and even until fairly recently, the islands were used exclusively for farming, grazing and strawberry growing. Naturally there was also fishing in the area in suitable waters. Small wild animals and seabirds were hunted, which in past times could be carried out using nets.