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LocationVänersborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
SurfaceGrass, Stone
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Brudslöjan is a turfzone in the municipality of Vänersborg in the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden.


This zone is placed by the waterfall "Skäktefallet", also called Brudslöjan (the bridal veil), by the west side of the Halleberg mountain, southeast of the Nordkroken village, northeast of the Vargön village, and about 8 kilometers east of central Vänersborg. The zone is located in the "Halle- och Hunnebergs landslides nature reserve".


In Vänersborg take the road "Östra Vägen" to Vargön, in Vargön go left on the road "Nordkroksvägen" to Nordkroken, the car park for Brudslöjan is located on the right side of Nordkroken, by the road "Kvarntorpsvägen".
Follow the signs to the waterfall.


Skäktefallet, also called Brudslöjan and is located along the west side of Halleberg mountain east of Vänersborg. The water falls relatively freely and definitely places on the list of vertical waterfalls. About 15-20 meters high.


Halleberg mountain, which to some extent protrudes into Lake Vänern, is separated in the south by a valley about 500 meters wide from the adjacent Hunneberg (also a plateau mountain). The northern part of Halleberg is called Hallesnipen. Halleberg's height is on average about 90 meters above Lake Vänern, or 134 meters above sea level.

Halle- och Hunnebergs landslides nature reserve[edit]

The "Halle and Hunneberg landslides nature reserve" is a nature reserve in Halleberg and Hunneberg in northwestern Västergötland. It is located in the parishes of Västra Tunhem and Vänersnäs in the municipality of Vänersborg, Flo parish in the municipality of Grästorp and Väne-Åsaka and Norra Björke parishes in the municipality of Trollhättan.

The Halle and Hunneberg slope ecosystem contains the usual coniferous forest ecosystem with elements of deciduous trees such as birch, oak, maple and rowan. Maple and rowan grow on the slope while oak and birch grow on the mountain. But in a slope like this, the conditions are not the same as they are in an ordinary coniferous forest. The difference is that all organisms must be able to grow on the rock with its slopes. Due to all these extreme slopes, it is only lichens / mosses. The flora on the slopes of Halle and Hunneberg is "oceanic". This can be seen in, for example, the species: giant lichen (Lobaria amplissima), herb lichen (Lobaria virens) and village lichen (Degelia plumbea) etc. It is found on rocky ledges where it has managed to grow some grass. The grass is able to grow on the ledges that are above the spruces where the sunlight reaches. These rocky ledges are very good for nesting birds that can easily take protection from predators that want to eat the eggs. All boulders located below the precipice are a great place for snakes to stay. When the snakes are down there, the birds have a lot of food. Therefore, this is a very good place for birds of prey that want to nest, for example buzzards that exist. The conifers absorb a lot of sun, which photosynthesis converts into energy, this contributes to the roots spreading over a large area. There are mostly conifers closest to Hunnebergsbranten, this is because the mountain makes it difficult for deciduous trees because their roots have to go very deep. It is not needed on conifers where the roots are very shallow, apart from the pine which may have roots deep in the ground. Conifers can also live in an area that is slightly acidified. Acidification has been a major problem at both Halle / Hunneberg. There are signs of acidification today, but it is no longer a major current problem.

On the Hunneberg slope, the forest is untouched and the ecosystem is very complex when it comes to degrading the forest. It is within this framework that the greatest biological diversity exists, in addition to the rich bird life on the vertical Halleberg slope.

Due to the fact that there are landslides, the land has been unusable and is also not accessible for felling forests, which has meant that nature is untouched by humans so that the forest is very old. In old forests where the trees grow old, fall to the ground and break down, many insects, beetles, spiders, snails, etc. thrive, even fungi that help to break down are common. It thus contributes to a large biological diversity in terms of small insects, other smaller animals, mosses and lichens. Untouched land always has great biological diversity and great biological value, when it is also quite unique racial slopes, they are even more valuable.

It also houses birds that nest in old hollow trees. In the landslides there is also a great biological diversity in terms of different mosses. On the Hunnebergs slope in the north, many different mosses and lichens live because it is always a bit damp and dark. Vertical slopes, such as on Halleberg, generally house many lichens and even mosses if the slopes are in a northern position. This is because water often seeps down the edges but is never flooded. On the Halleberg slope there are a lot of lichens, those slopes are south-facing and get a lot of sun and heat. As a result, very little, or almost no moss at all lives on those slopes, but all the more lichens. Due to its geographical location, both of these slopes with mosses and lichens have different numbers and different kinds of mosses and lichens. There are most different kinds of mosses on the Hunnebergsbranten in the northern location, because that, as previously mentioned, has a better climate for mosses, darker, colder and wetter.

The slopes stand on a limestone foundation and those foundations always have a high quality. Many deciduous trees, such as maple and rowan, are found further down and these trees are a little more picky.

The landslides cause many cavities in the ground that are assumed to be appreciated by smaller mammals and reptiles. Mice, snakes (which eat mice) and hedgehogs (which in turn eat snakes).

The two mountains have been around for a long time and from the beginning they were below sea level. Hunneberg consists of four different layers, at the bottom there is bedrock, then there is sandstone, slate and at the top is a diabase.

The vegetation zone in which Halle / Hunneberg is located contains mixed forests with pine, spruce and deciduous trees (mainly aspen and birch but also deciduous trees).


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