Kvismaren is one of the most important staging sites for common cranes in Sweden and an internationally important wetland for rare birds. The nature reserve is a Natura 2000 special protection area and is assigned under the Ramsar convention of wetlands.
Kvismaren consists of two large reed areas, East and West Kvismaren, which partly have restored to create two shallow lakes, Rysjön and Fågelsjön, in aim to protect and enhance a diverse birdlife.
The two shallow lakes (e.g. roost sites) and the surrounding agricultural landscape creates a suitable and popular staging site for common cranes. The highest numbers of cranes in Kvismaren are reached during autumn before they are continuing their southward migration to South-western Europe, but also during spring migration and for young or non-reproductive cranes during summer
Further, Kvismaren is a key area also for waders, birds of prey, bean geese Anser fabilis fabilis, greylag geese Anser anser, pink-footed geese Anser brachyrhynchus and barnacle geese Branta leucopsis.
Maps, pictures, visitor guides and more information can be found at:
Örebro County Administrative Board:
Kvismare Bird Observatory: