Store Hareskov

Københavnsområdet  >  Denmark

Hareskoven is a forest close to the city of Copenhagen with a varied bird and animal life.

Added* by Frank Desting
Most recent update 30 December 2020


Store Hareskov is the easternmost part of a large, state-owned forest district north-west of Copenhagen called Hareskovene. Most of the area is classic, tall-stemmed beech forest, but there are also some parts with spruce. The forest floor is mostly poor in vegetation, but in some parts where draining has been stopped small lakes and bogs with interesting flora and fauna have appeared. Some of the breeding birds registered in the past few years include Little Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Tawny Owl, Woodcock, Stock Dove, Black Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Smaller birds include common woodland birds together with Common Redstart, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike and Bullfinch.

Among the migrating birds that can be observed from Store Hareskov are various raptors and now and again White-tailed Eagle. Common Crane and many passerines also pass over the forest. White Stork has been seen flying over a few times in recent years. In winter, one can find common woodland birds. Two-barred Crossbill has sometimes been spotted when there has been an invasion. Now and again Great Grey Shrike is a visitor. The forest has become famous with birdwatchers and photographers due to the appearance in certain winters of a stationary Northern Hawk Owl, which has attracted a lot of attention. The rare Eurasian Pygmy Owl has also been seen one year.



The S-train (and bus 165) go directly to Hareskov Station from Copenhagen. There is room for parking here if you come by car. From the station there is easy access to the forest. Another possibility is to use the entrance to the forest at Skovbrynet Station. There are several other car parks in the vicinity. The suggested walking route on the map is about 7 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

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


Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Show more birds Show less birds
Show more images Show less images

Comments & Tips

Click on the little bird icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!