Target rivers

LIFE CONNECTS are located in seven rivers in southern Sweden. Three rivers in Kalmar county; Virån, Emån and Alsterån. Parts of Mörrumsån river in Blekinge county and three rivers in Skåne county; Vramsån tributary in Helge å river, Verkeån and Rönne å.

Skåne county

Rönne å river

Rönne å river has a length of 83 km and run from Lake Ringsjön to Skälderviken in Skagerak and Kattegatt. Rönne å is one of the largest rivers in Skåne and is important for many freshwater spieces. Especially for salmon that spawn in the river and eels that migrate up to Ringsjön as youngsters to grow up to adults before migrating to Sargasso Sea to spawn. Also, the threatened Thick-shelled river mussel and Freshwater pearl mussel is present in the river. Rönne å river is classified as a national valuable river. However, like most rivers in Skåne, Rönne å has been heavily influenced by human activity through dams, purgin and straighening.

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Skåne county

Verkeån river

Verkeån is a small river with a total length of 50 km that run from Linderödsåsen to the Gulf of Hanöbukten on the east coast of Scania. The river flows through a varied landscape, with deep ravines through coniferous and deciduous forests, meadows and farmland. The river is classified as national valuable river and has exeptionally high water quality compared to similar rivers in the region. Despite its high values it has been altered by humans for a long time and the diversity of invertebrates and fishes are mediocre.

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Skåne county

Helge å - Vramsån tributary

Helge å river is one of Scanias largest rivers and run from Jönköping county through Kronoberg county and ends up in Gulf of Hanöbukten on the east coast in Skåne county. The total length is just under 200 km and one of the larger tributaries is Vramsån. Along Vramsån and its smaller tributaries are some of southern Sweden´s most valuable streamhabitats and it is classified as nationally particularly valuable. The water is clean and houses a high diversity of species. For example all larger mussels present in Sweden are found in Vramsån, such as the threatened Freshwater pearl mussel and Thick-shelled river mussel. Despite its high value the tributary has been alter by humans for a long time and the watercourse is affected by damming, dredging and straightening.

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Blekinge county

Mörrumsån river

Mörrumsån river is the largest river in Blekinge county with a total length of 186 km. The river is one of Europes most well-known salmon rivers and the fishing tourism is a important part of the area. It is famous for its fishing for trout and the river is classified as nationally valuable with high natural values. The treathened Thick-shelled river mussel is abundant in the lower parts of the river and around 30 different fishspecis can be found. Despite its high values the river has been altered by humans for a long time and are affected by barriers and altered morphology.

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Kalmar county

Alsterån river

Alsterån river is located in the south-eastern part of Sweden. On its 125 km, the Alsterån river flows from its source, the Lake Alstern to the city of Kalmar where it enters the Gulf of Kalmarsund in the Baltic Sea. The land use in the catchment is dominated by forestry and to smaller parts by lakes and agricultural land. The river represents one of the most valuable rivers int the Kalmar county with high natural values. About 18 fish species have been reported to occur in the river, including the Atlantic salmon, European eel and European river lamprey. Despite of that the river has been altered by humans for long time and affected by barriers, drainage and straightening.

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Kalmar county

Emån river

Emån river is situated in the south-eastern part of Sweden. The river is 229 km long and origins from lakes located inte Jönköping county and empties into the Gulf of Kalmarsund in the Baltic Sea. The catchment is dominated by pine forests and mires in its upper part and by agriculture and deciduous forests in its lower parts. About 32 of the 50 freshwater fish species existing in Sweden occur in Mörrumsån, including the Antlantic salmon, asp, spined loach and European bullhead. The two threatened mussels, Freshwater pearl mussel and Thicked shelled river mussel, are present in the river. Altough the river is considered as one of Europe´s most valuable rivers, it has been altered by humans for a long time and is affected by barriers, drainage and straightening. The salmon population in the river is in poor condition, mostly due to the impact of migration barriers and the lack of suistanable spawning grounds.

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Kalmar county

Virån river

Virån river is situated in the south-eastern part of Sweden. It flows from its source, the lakes Ver, Illern and Hummeln in Småland county, to the Gulf of Kalmarsund in the Baltic Sea. Together with its tributaries the river is 160 km long and the catchment area is formed by a complex system of oligotropic lakes and rivers in a rift valley landscape which is surrounded by agricultural lands and deciduous forests. About 20 fish species have been reported to occur in the river, including the spined loach and European bullhed as well as a flacial relict, the Fourhorn sculpin. Moreover, a population of one of Europe´s most threatened freshwater mussel species, the Thick-shelled river mussel, is present in the river. Virån river has been affected by human activities for a long time by river regulation, straightening and removal of riverbed structures.

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