The Bråtaskogen reserve is a lightly rolling forest with widespread blueberry sprigs under the pines. As you gaze out over the bogs and hills you feel as if you were in a true wilderness. You can bring a basket for mushrooms and blueberries. Today’s pine domination is probably due to pine planting or as a result of undergrowth fires and reduced grazing in the late 1800s. Most of the reserve has escaped large cuttings and is therefore an excellent example of formerly dominant old “bondskog” or original mixed forest type. A small brook runs from the Lilla Bråtatjärn tarn partly through stony terrain and then out on open farming countryside.
Bråtaskogen is home to a large plant variety otherwise forced out of today’s tight forests. There are fox burrows which means you might see some foxes. There are cultural traces such as the remains of an old mill and a stone-paved road. It’s an excellent woodpecker country and you can see green and black woodpeckers, as well as great and lesser spotted woodpeckers. These share the woods with tits and songbirds, as well as nesting buzzards, common bulbuls and nutcrackers.