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Fyns Hoved

Fyn  >  Denmark

Northernmost tip of Hindsholm peninsula, between Odense Fjord and Storebælt. This is Fyn’s most important watch-point for spring migration.

Added* by Lilian Nielsen
Most recent update 27 July 2022

Description

The northern part of the peninsula of Hindsholm consists of small islands, islets and crooked spits. There are a few copses and wet and dry meadows. Fyns Hoved itself has attractive scenery. The coast is stony with steep moraine cliffs, whilst inland the landscape is hilly with small fields divided by rows of stone walls. The long spit called Tornen, which is a bird reserve, curves round the shallow lagoon of Fællesstrand. South of the lagoon is the Jøvet, an outlook point with a view southwards towards Lillestrand with the islands of Mejlø, Bogø and the Langehoved peninsula.

Black Guillemot nest in the cliffs at Lillestrand 3km to the south and can be seen out at sea off the coast of Fyns Hoved. Breeding birds at the reserves of Tornen and Lillestrand include Common Shelduck, Common Eider, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Common Ringed Plover. Some years Little Tern breeds here.

Early in the morning at the end of April or May the thickets around Fyns Hoved can be swarming with passerines. The best chance of experiencing this is after misty nights with warm winds from the east. The spring migration can best be seen from Horseklint on the eastern side of Fællesstrand or from Baesbanke, which is the highest point on Fyns Hoved itself (25m). Both land and sea migration can be watched from here. Many species of passerine fly past. Early in spring, the first Skylark appear, followed later on by finches, pigeons and crows. Later still, wagtails, pipits, hirundines, starlings and tits can be seen. The greater part of the raptors seen here are Common Buzzard, which begin migrating in February together with a few Red Kite. In March/April, Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and now and then Osprey can be spotted. Over the sea, there are movements of large numbers of divers, cormorants and ducks, especially diving ducks, the commonest species being Common Eider, Velvet Scoter and Common Scoter. Also Red-necked Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser are often seen.

Fællesstrand is an important staging area for ducks and waders, that forage in the shallow waters. The commonest birds seen here are Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Redshank, Dunlin, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel and Great Cormorant.The area also attracts many gulls, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. In the winter months, many seabirds can be seen on the sea around the peninsula. These include diving ducks, auks, divers and skuas. Snow Bunting, Rock Pipit and Purple Sandpiper can now and then be seen on the coast.

Details

Access

Fyns Hoved can be reached from route 315 which leads north from Kerteminde. The road continues to Korshavn, where one can park. From here, one can walk out to the tip of the peninsula or follow a path along the meadows on the south side of Fællesstrand. In this direction one comes to Horseklint, and can continue out to the Tornen spit. However, access to Tornen is forbidden during the breeding season from 1st April until 15th July. It is also possible to continue by car from Korshavn on a dirt track to a car park closer to the tip of the peninsula. From here, one must continue on foot. There are toilets at the car park at Korshavn. From here, one can find a path leading up to the outlook point on Jøvet.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Beach , Mud flats , Grassland , Sea

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration

Route

Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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