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Geddal Enge

Nordvestjylland  >  Denmark

Restored wetland with beach meadows that attract breeding reed birds and staging swans, geese, ducks and waders.

Added* by Anni Oppelstrup Blohm
Most recent update 28 June 2022

Description

Geddal Enge was originally a wetland surrounded by a natural embankment. From the end of the 19th century and onwards various efforts were made to drain the area for cultivation, but the dikes were often broken through by the sea and plans had to be abandoned. In 1992 the area was taken over by the state and the beach meadows were restored. The water level is regulated by a sluice and the dikes prevent the meadows from being flooded during the breeding season.

The area is a breeding ground for ducks, waders and reedbed birds. For example Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Little Grebe, Avocet, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Northern Lapwing, Snipe, Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Common Ringed Plover. The reedbeds support Great Bittern, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Bearded Tit, Bluethroat and several pairs of Marsh Harrier. In the winter months small flocks of Whooper Swan and Greater White-fronted Goose can be seen, together with Goosander, Smew and Greater Scaup and if you are lucky Short-eared Owl.

Details

Access

The car park at Geddal Enge can be reached from route 189 between Holstebro and Balling. Several roads lead west into the area. One can for example turn left in the direction of Ejsing a few kilometres north of Vinderup. Geddalvej leads to Geddal Enge and the car park. Here there is an information board about the birdlife and some picnic tables. An observation tower at Geddal Enge can be reached by following a grass path to the right from the car park. A viewpoint from the coastal cliff from a platform offers a view over the south-westerly part of the beach meadows. This can be reached by following a path leading off to the left from the car park. The path is narrow and not suitable for disabled persons. From another car park on the eastern side you can explore the embankment along Hostrupvej. From here there is a view over the most north-easterly section of the meadows which cannot be seen from the observation tower. Click on a P in the map to get directions to the parking of your choice.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland , Wetland , Reedbeds

Conditions

Open landscape , Swampy

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration , Spring

Route

Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

You can easily combine a visit to this area with a visit to the adjacent nature reserve of Sønder Lem Vig, which is also described on Birdingplaces.

View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces

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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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