Luukinjärvi and Kalajärvi, located in Northern Espoo, just off Vihdintie, have two new nature reserves in the surrounding shores and forests.
The Kalajärvenkallio site is 54 hectares in size. It is covered by diverse forest characterised by precipices and large changes in elevation. In addition to rock forests and pine stands with lingonberries, the slopes are covered with spruce-dominated heaths. The hollows and low-lying parts are dotted with swamps and bogs. The splendid coastal bog on the south side of Kalajärvi with its cranberries and lush stream-bank wildwood increase biodiversity in the area. Its wildlife value is further promoted by Kaliton, a beautiful little bog bond, which has been annexed to the area as a separate site. The Kalajärvenkallio reserve forms an important wildlife corridor towards the Tremanskärr reserve.
The reserve supports rich polypore populations, including many valuable old-growth forest species, such as the Phellinus nigrolimitatus and the Asterodon ferruginosus. Notable bird species include the Eurasian three-toed woodpecker as well as the Black woodpecker and the Hazelhen protected under the Birds Directive. The Flying squirrel also thrives in the area.
Luukinjärvi, located south of Kalajärvi, is the home for the 12 ha Luukinjärvi coastal forest nature reserve. The area is covered with old-growth mixed forests with plenty of valuable deadwood and large deciduous trees. The steep descend to Luukinjärvi with its impressive slope forests is particularly scenic. Together with the Luukinjärvi bird sanctuary, the area forms a rich and prominent nature site.
The Luukinjärvi habitats range from coniferous forests and herb-rich patches to lichen-covered or lusher rocks and precipices. Close to the shoreline, there is a small grey alder-dominated swamp. Nature on the banks of the two streams running along the slopes down to the lake is particularly rich. In addition to the Flying squirrel, Rantametsä homes the Eurasian blackcap, the Eurasian woodcock and the Hobby as well as the Hazelhen protected under the Birds Directive.
In October, the areas may be good for those looking for funnel chanterelles. The Luukinjärvi coastal forest reserve is best explored using paths off the Lahnus school. The paths in Kalajärvenkallio nature reserve run south or west of the lake or off Vihdintie. There are no official signs yet.