Jerup Strand

Jutland  >  Denmark

Good variety of habitats with beach and meadows that attracts all kinds of waders and ducks.

Added* by John Morecroft
Most recent update 11 December 2020


Jerup Strand comprises a flat sandy beach with a single line of dunes, marshland and grazed meadows. It is situated on the shore of the Kattegat north of Frederikshavn. Several species of wader breed in the area, including Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Ringed Plover, Common Redshank and now and again Avocet.

Jerup is a stopover site for several duck species, including Eurasian Wigeon and Common Teal. During migrating season other birds arrive, including Red-breasted Merganser, Common Shelduck, European Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Northern Lapwing, Red Knot, Eurasian Curlew and Little Stint. Now and again, flocks of Brent Goose and Barnacle Goose and a few Pink-footed Goose stage on the meadows. Greylag Goose can be seen throughout the year.

In winter there are flocks of Sanderling running along the sea’s edge, and one can be lucky enough to spot a Short-eared Owl over the meadows. Rough-legged Buzzard and Hen Harrier can also be seen flying over the meadows, together with flocks of Twite and Snow Bunting. Small flocks of Shore Lark and a few Lapland Bunting appear now and then. Peregrine Falcon is a regular visitor.



Follow route 40 connecting Frederikshavn with Skagen. About 13km north of Frederikshavn one reaches the village of Jerup. Just north of the village, turn east along Fredborgvej (there is a sign to Jerup Strand). At the beach is a car park, from where one can get onto the beach. Most birds can usually be seen at the southern end of the area. Note: the area is privately owned but it is possible to park and walk along the beach. Click on the P in the map to get directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Beach , Mud flats , Grassland , Sea


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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