Tryggelev Nor

Langeland  >  Denmark

Tryggelev Nor is one of the most bird-rich wetlands in Denmark. Ducks, geese, waders, birds of prey and many passerines can be seen.

Added* by Connie Duelund
Most recent update 12 December 2020


Tryggelev Nor has many resident, breeding and migrating birds. Among the breeding birds are Red-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Great Bittern, Northern Shoveler, Marsh Harrier and Water Rail. Also several waders breed in the area, including Eurasian Oystercatcher, Avocet, Common Ringed Plover and Common Redshank. Passerines such as Thrush Nightingale and Bearded Tit can be seen in the reedbeds and the scrub. Both spring and autumn, large flocks of waders, geese and ducks can be observed. Late summer and autumn sees the arrival of many waders that have started to migrate south through Denmark. They feed on the meadows and in the shallow water. There are thousands of ducks on the water in autumn, for example Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Garganey, Common Pochard and Tufted Duck. In autumn, south Langeland often functions as a leading mark for raptors on their migration from Sweden southwards. On days with good weather, many Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard can be seen, and with luck one may see an Osprey catch a fish in the lagoon. In winter, several thousand birds may stage on the lagoons.



At Humble, south of Rudkøbing, follow the signs to Ristinge. In Hesselbjerg, turn left along Nørreballevej. After 300m there is a car park with an information board and a view across Nørreballe Nor. Just next to the car park is a long barrow, which originates from the early neolithic period (around 3500 B.C.). After another 1km comes another car park on the right-hand side, from where a farm track leads down to Nørreballe Nor. From here, a trail leads along the lagoon, which it crosses on two bridges, and ends at an old pump station. From the dyke behind the station there is a view across the meadows north of Tryggelev Nor. There is no round trip, so one must take the same path back to the car park. One can also continue straight ahead in Hesselbjerg and so reach the coast and Tryggelev Nor and Salme Nor. Here there is a car park with information about the reserve and a trail along the beach leading to Salme Nor. One can also drive south round Tryggelev Nor to reach a car park on the reserve’s property. Here there is also an information board. The whole area has a total of 5km of trails and 2 bird hides. Access is only permitted on roads and trails. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In September 2018, Tryggelev Nor got a new observation hide. The observation shed is a new type that is fluid and has one-way windows. The hide is the first of its kind in Denmark and is called "the innovative observation shed". It is designed for unnoticed to enter into the surrounding nature and as a floating shed, where birdlife can be experienced very close to and in height with the water level.

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