1. 9 Great egrets in Stjärnarp!

    Lars-Christer Jageland has spotted 9 Great egrets (Ardea alba) in the LIFE-Goodstream wetland in Stjärnarp. It is a naturally  expanding species that has started to breed in Sweden during the last years, hopefully a colony wll establish in Stjärnarp! Läs mer

  2. Våtmarksdag i Stjärnarp den 12 september

    Kom och håva efter småkryp i våtmarken, lär dig om pollinerande bin och humlor, se vad vi får för fångst i elfisket i bäcken, se våra filmer från viltkameror på utter, mård, grävling, räv och mycket mer. Ta med barn och barnbarn! Vi bjuder på mat och fika. Anmäl er till John.strand@hushallningssallskapet.se eller 070-8438218  För vägbeskrivning och mer information se länken: Våtmarksdag i Stjärnarp

  3. The bathymetry surveys continue

    Here is a clip from a Goodstream wetland, showing Sofia paddling with the sonar after the SUP and Lea measuring the shoreline with GPS. This is also part of our networking project ”Welands as Buffers”. Click on the link to se the clip: Bathymetry measurments

  4. Amazing data and footage from our wildlife cameras

    Our wildlife cameras continue to deliver. We have now recorded 12 species of mammals in LIFE-Goodstream. The picture is compliled of stills lifted from some of the film clips, and show six of them; Otter (Lutra lutra), Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Pine marten (Martes martes), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), Fallow deer (Dama dama) and Badger, (Meles meles). In addition to the mammals, we also get data on birds seldom seen such as the Water rail (Rallus aquaticus). We are now compiling the film data and will upload separate video clips for each species later in autumn.

  5. LIFE-Goodstream extended (and a slight shift in focus)

    We have now received a decision from EU (the CINEA LIFE unit) that our request for a prolongation of the project and a new focus on urban and industry areas, has been granted. The project will now run until 2022-12-31 and we will start to work more in the Trönninge village to combat the eutrophication of the stream. This is in accordance with our results that show that the agricultural parts of the stream now reach good ecological status regarding nutrients, but that urban parts of the stream still is moderate status only. Very good news!

  6. The new creotopes with flowering strips and meadows looks fine

    We distributed a special seed mix with flowering species especially good for pollinators to the landowners, and now the landscape in LIFE-Goodstream is really flowering. This will benefit the pollinator species in the area. Below are some photos on how the landowners have sown the flower seeds, sometimes in strips along roads or around fields and somtimes in full flowering meadows.

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  7. The PFAS investigation on responsibility is done

    Today the newspaper Hallandsposten published news about the investigation done by the municipality on which company in the Kistinge industry area that bears responsibility for the PFAS contamination. Our work in LIFE-Goodstream was again mentioned and the picture of Sofia and Björn sampling was used.

  8. Testing bathymetry methods and flow measurements

    We had a 2-day meeting with hydrology researchers from Stockholm University (Jerker Jarsjö and Imenne Åhlén), to decide methods to produce bathymetric maps of wetlands and to finalise strategy for flow measurements in the stream.

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  9. New Thesis-work done in LIFE-Goodstream

    Johanna Ugander has now defended her thesis on the importance of submerged vegetation presence and species composition for the biodiversity and abundance of invertebrates. The studies were done in LIFE-Goodstream measures, and her work gave valuable data for the evaluation of our measures in the project. The thesis-report can be found under the tab Publications

  10. New school-classes help LIFE-Goodstream

    Our work with schhols continue, and this week three different 8 grade classes from the school ”Kärlekens skola” have been visiting our sites during three half-days. We informed about the project and as part of their education they helped us monitor the numbers of invertebrates in the wetlands.

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  11. Several new reports produced in LIFE-Goodstream

    During the summer we have published several reports with information on the project. It includes a report showing all measures that have been constucted in the project and reports on the effects on biodiversity of the measures The project has also been in various media, e.g. ”Radio P4 Halland” and different magazines. You can find the reports and media appearances under Dessimination/Publication. The photo shows a collection of ”dragonfly faces” from the surveys in the project.

  12. Thesis work in LIFE-Goodstream discovered new project species

    Sara Bishoff from The Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany, did her bachelor thesis here in Halmstad in LIFE-Goodstream. She studied factors determining the abundance of dragonflies in LIFE-Goodstream measures.

    Among other things she found that vegetations is a crucial factor for dragonfly abundance and that our small amphibian ponds are good habitats also for dragonflies. Her sampling of dragonfly larvae also generated a new project species; white-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes), see photo of that species above. The thesis can be found under Publications.

  13. Our indicator organism group (dragonflies) responds well to the measures

    The monitoring during 2019 and first half of 2020 indicates that our measures have been positive for the biodiversity. The species list increases continously, for the project in total and at the different constructed wetlands. The photo shows Brilliant emerald (Somatochlora metallica) a new species for LIFE-Goodstream during 2020. So far 30 species of dragonflies have been observed in LIFE-Goodstream measures which corresponds to 46 % of all dragonfly species observed in Sweden and 71 % of the species observed in the municipality of Halmstad.

  14. New project reports

    During 2020, so far four new publications have been uploaded on the homepage. They consist of two abstract for international conferences in The Netherlands and Australia (cancelled or postponed due to Corona), one manual for construcion of our bee-boxes and one interim report on the biodiversity monitoring in LIFE-Goodstream.

    They can all be found under the link: Dissemination/Publications

  15. Start-up meeting at the Swedish EPA for 8 projects on wetland ecosystem services

    The 28 of April the Swedish EPA arranged a start-up meeting (via Skype due to Corona) for the 8 projects selected for the Wetland Ecosystem services call. We were granted one of the projects and will investigate how constructed wetlands in the agricultural landscapes function for water buffering and water storage. LIFE-Goodstream wetlands are an important part of the project.

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  16. Activities will school children continues

    During April we have continued with our work with the schools in the area. During several days we have shown different classes from ”Fyllingeskolan”, a local middle school,  our work in LIFE-Goodstream.

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  17. 250 nestboxes for solitary bees are deployed in the project area

    We have know deployed 250 nestboxes for pollinators (solitary bees) along the stream Trönningeån. The main purpose is to increase the population of solitary bees in the project area, but at the same time we want to get more knowledge about which parameters are important for the different species. The photo show a few of the nest box packages we have deployed in the area during the last week. Each nest box consists of ca 30-50 holes (i.e. individual nests) so in total we have deployed ca 8 000 – 12 000 nests for the solitary bees in the LIFE-Goodstream area.

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  18. Networking meeting on biodiversity monitoring and project co-operation

    We had a 2-day meeting with Peter Hambäck and David Åhlen from Stockholm University to plan for co-operation on biodiversity monitoring in our joint projects. One of 25 Malaise traps (Slam traps) from Stockholm University were also assembled. They will be used in some of the  LIFE-Goodstream wetlands to monitor flying insects.


  19. Reparation of CW successful

    One of the OCWs at Stjärnarp has had problems to reach maximum water levels and we had to bring out an excavator to investigate for leaks

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  20. LIFE-Goodstream dragonfly photo won photo competition

    EU in my region had a photo competition among LIFE projects and a photo from LIFE-Goodstream won. The price was 200 postcards with the photo and project description. The photo (seen to the left) show an Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) resting on a flower of Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum)


  21. Platform meeting in The Netherlands

    John participated in the Platform meeting ”LIFE Going up a level” in Lhee, The Netherlands 17-18 September Link   It was an interesting meeting where John presented our experiences from LIFE-Goodstream and we got new ideas on biodiversity in intesified agricultural landscapes, and many new contacts with oither LIFE-projects


  22. New Project application

    We have now submitted a new project application where we will use the measures in LIFE-Goodstream to investigate the flow regulating effect of wetlands.

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  23. Full-day visit

    Yesterday we had a full-day visit of some 30 people, mainly ”Opplandskonsulenter” from Denmark (local wetland coordinators), and also representatives from the Swedish Board of Agriculture and municipalities in Latvia.

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  24. Project participation

    We are part of a Formas-project led by professor Peter Hambäck at Stockholm university. Our participation in the project is a result of previous networking events in LIFE-Goodstream and Peter and PhD-student David Åhlén are at the moment in Halland for field work and we are planning which wetlands that should be included in the project. We are happy that several of the wetlands constructed in LIFE-Goodstream will be included.

  25. New Masterthesis

    Another Thesis-study has been done in LIFE-Goodstream. The 5th of June Sofia Hedman & Karin Jermer publicly presented and defended their Masterthesis work at the University of Halmstad titled; “The LIFE GoodStream project in Trönninge: current and expected effects on amphibian populations and otter presence”.  A very good and thorough study!

  26. Biodiversity day / Biologiska mångfaldens dag

    Today it is ”biodiversity day” in Sweden. We celebrate the day by showing a small sample of the species we have found in our surveys in Goodstream. The different measures have large positive impact on the biodiversity in and along the stream Trönningeån.

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  27. Fätvandring

    John och Lea ledde en fältvandring, arrangerad av Jordbruksverket till bland annat LIFE-Goodstream-våtmarkerna. Deltagarna fick även prova på att själv håva upp småkryp och lära sig lite om nattsländelarver (husmaskar), klodyvel, dykarbaggar och andra akvatiska smådjur.

  28. Intern in LIFE-Goodstream | Praktikant i LIFE-Goodstream

    Vi har en praktikant från Tyskland som heter Nina Schneider hos oss för tillfället. Hon ska vara här under maj och juni och arbeta med inventeringar och provtagning. För tillfället inventerar hon fåglar och amfibier i våtmarkerna som anlagts inom LIFE-Goodstream.

    We have an intern from Germany, Nina Schneider, who will work in LIFE-Goodstream during May and June as part of her studies at the University of Osnabrück. She will focus on biodiversity surveys (birds, amphibians) and also help with sampling and other project activities during her stay with us.

  29. Visning av GoodStream

    Peter och John visade Goodstream för vattenenheten på  Jönköpings länsstyrelse i början på september.

    Peter and John demonstrated Goodstream to the waterunit of Jönköpings County Administration in the beginning of September.

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  • About LIFE GoodStream

    LIFE14 ENV/SE/000047 is being implemented with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union

    The project is co-financed by The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management by grant 1:12; Measures for marine and water environment.