Sneum Lake and lock

Region of Southern Denmark  >  Denmark

Lake with reed beds, muddy banks and small islands and sea-side with salty marsh and Wadden Sea. Hotspot for several scarce species.

Added* by Henrik Böhmer
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Sneum Lake is one of only a few larger, coastal lakes in the region and in the spring, summer and autumn, it is home for scarce species like Spoonbill, Mediterranean Gull and Bluethroat, and a mix of waterbirds that varies during the year. The lake attracts great numbers of birds and the list include vagrants such as Baikal Teal, Black-winged Pratincole, Franklin's Gull. The lake is always woths checking out.

The sea-side always hosts a great number of birds, year-round. In the winter, the tidal flats and salty marshland hosts several species of waders, ducks and gull that concentrate in the coastal bend, with spectacular numbers of Northern Pintail. In the spring, the area host large numbers of arctic waders, including many thousand Red Knot. In the summer, the number of birds decrease and focus species include breeding Black-necked Grebe, Mediterranean Gull and Bluethroat. In the late summer and autumn the scene changes and the area become home for yet again high numbers of geese, ducks, arctic waders and different passerines and hotspot for e.g. Spoonbill with flock over 300 strong, yearly Red-necked Phalarope and Black Tern and regular surprises.



You acces the area by the road just east of the lake from the highway. There is a nice parkinglot with information posters, from where you can move around the area on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Mud flats , Agriculture , Grassland , River , Sea , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Summer


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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