Vest Seeland  >  Denmark

Low water area with big water surface surrounded by wood and meadows. Hovvig has the most varied bird fauna in Denmark.

Added* by Jørgen Scheel
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Hovvig is a large bird sanctuary. The area is in actual fact an "unsuccessful" attempt at land reclamation which has now developed into beautiful wetlands with an abundance of birdlife and a newly established colony of Great Cormorant. Very nice bird observation towers from where one can overview most of the area. All year round White-tailed Eagle. Spring, summer and fall ducks, waders, raptors, and songbirds.

Many waterfowl breed here: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck. Water Rail, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing, Snipe. In addition Thrush Nightingale, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler. Bearded Tit and Penduline Tit have bred with a few pairs. There is the large Great Cormorant colony in the trees at the northwest border of the reserve.

Furthermore many more migratory birds and raptors can be seen here. To name a few birds of prey seen in the area: European Honey-buzzard, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Osprey , Eurasian Kestrel, Merlin and Eurasian Hobby.



Easy to reach. 100 km from Copenhagen. Drive through the village Nakke and continue at Nakke Vestvej to Hovvigvej. Easy parking and walk the 250 meters to the tower. In the protected area you are not allowed to drive your car.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Lake , Mud flats


Open landscape , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Spring , Autumn migration , Summer , Winter , Autumn


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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