Bird Life

Upwards of 200 different species of birds live in the meadow area Skjern Enge. Some of these are very rare visitors to Denmark.

Among the thousands of birds that make a stop at Skjern Enge, you will find fascinating examples like the Eurasian Spoonbill, the Black-necked Grebe, the White-tailed Eagle, and the Eurasian Bittern. You should go listen on a day in spring when the Bittern performs his characteristic ’kettledrum-call’ which sounds like when you blow into an empty bottle.

Furthermore, this area is of international importance to wintering species of birds like the common swan, goose, and duck.

Interested in Nature?

Particularly interested in birds? Then you should make a detour to the natural areas Værnengene and Tipperne which, combined, make a peninsula in the southern part of Ringkøbing Fjord. Access to Tipperne is limited to outside the birds’ breeding season. For decades, bird life in this area has been protected to achieve an undisturbed breeding, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowls and shorebirds or waders. This endeavour has succeeded because, today, Tipperne is one of the most important habitats for migrating birds in Denmark.

Every year, tens of thousands of waders from Scandinavia and Siberia visit this area. These annual bird migrations between their winter habitats and their breeding grounds are magnificent to watch. In July and August, when the bird migration reaches its peak, you can observe calidrids, sparrows, sandpipers, and European golden plovers here. All year round this area is blessed with the presence of Denmark’s national bird, the swan.

Further Info

Bird Watching Towers
Throughout the year, you can study the bird life in this area from the many bird watching towers and bird hides here.

You will find bird watching towers and bird hides in the following locations:

  • At the river Skjern Å’s delta on the northern side; accessible on foot via the path from Pumpestation Nord – a distance of roughly 2 km.
  • On the roof of Pumpestation Nord on the north side, by the mouth of the river.
  • In the path between Lønborgvej to the west and Pumpestation Nord on the northern side of the river; accessible on foot via the path that runs from the parking lot at Lønborgvej – a distance of about 1 km.
  • At Lønborggård on the south side of the river; accessible from the road Lønborggårdvej.
  • At the lake Hestholm Sø in Lønborgvej between Lønborg and Skjern; this is a large and roofed bird watching tower with a ramp for wheelchair users and walking-impaired people.
  • In the path between the road Lønborgvej to the east and the harbour Skjern Bådehavn, on the north side of the river; accessible from the parking lot at the end of the road Hedebyvej.
  • In the path between the lake Hestholm Sø and the lake Øster Hestholm Sø; accessible on foot via a path from the harbour Skjern Bådehavn (about 3 km), or from Ganer Å Grødeplads (about 500 m).
  • By the entrance to the heath Borris Hede and the camp Borrislejren; accessible from the parking lot by the road Borriskrogvej.
  • Next to the marsh Albæk Mose; accessible from the road Skjernåvej.
  • By the church Lønborg Kirke at Lønborg Borgbanke where there are tables and benches and a very fine view of the lake Hestholm Sø and the Skjern Å river valley; accessible via a path from the parking lot on the opposite side of the road Lønborgvej.

You will find links to the bird watching towers and bird hides in this area below:

Maps and pamphlets
Maps of the Skjern Å river area’s sights and activities

The Danish Ministry of the Environment’s pamphlet on Skjern Enge