Skeisnesset cultural landscapes
Skei is one of 22 national selected cultural landscapes, granted special status and managment, because of its biological and historical values. These 22 landscapes give a cross-section of Norwegian cultural landscapes, from the mountains, to the coatsline.
Coastal heathland is predominant at Skeisnesset. The coastal heathland is a result of 4000 years of livestock grazing and heather burning. Before that time, large parts of the coast was coverd with forest.
When people introduced agriculture and animal husbandry, the forest was removed to provide pasture. Heather is valuable for livestock grazing outside through the winter.
In today´s highly productive agriculture, the coastal heathlands are in less use as pastures and therefore a threatedned habitat type. It is important to take care of some of the most representative areas that still exist in Norway. Among these are Skeisnesset, taken care of by planned management, clearing and burning, and grazing by cattle and sheep.
The Cultural Trails provides educational information about the area´s many qualities: cultural, management, geology, and much more. The paths are signposted, and there are information boards at key points.