The Tullstorp Stream restoration project in southern Sweden is a most promising initiative to improve the living conditions for fauna and flora in intensively cultivated farmland at the same time as reducing the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea.
Already after the first years, positive impacts have been registered for bird-associated wetlands whilst the living conditions for fish and bottom fauna is more or less unchanged. The nutrient leakage to sea has significantly improved for phosphorus but for nitrogen only during the summer period due to the uptake in the 35 newly created wetlands.
With the already promising results, the project has been awarded regionally, nationally and been nominated internationally, and it is interesting example of a landowner conservation initiative, which hopefully will multiply to other areas in the future, both nationally and internationally.
Although the Tullstorp Stream initiative covers the entire river basin, the current management plan (dated 7 June 2017) only covers the lower part of the stream downstream the Jordberga Property. However, it is very likely that additional management plans for the central and northern part of the Tullstorp Stream area will be elaborated in the near future. The southern section is also the part that has seen most of the restoration efforts so far, which has justified the elaboration of a management plan.
The overall conservation action in the lower Tullstorp Stream drainage area has been identified with the aim of transforming the more or less linear watercourses into different types of more natural flowing small river and wetlands.
In the management area a number of quite large transformations of the river has taken place since 2009 and additional wetlands have been created within the border zones. Much of the management plan discusses how those recently restored areas should be managed.