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Nature reserve of 6000 hectares. Huge area of lakes, grassland, marshes and channels.

Added* by Thomas Bolding Hansen
Most recent update 13 November 2023


The nature reserve Vejlerne covers about 6000 hectares. In Vejlernes you can see almost all waders living in Scandinavia, ducks, gulls, terns, Common Crane and now and then a very rare bird. The area has large reedbeds and 1/3 is open water. Vejlerne has the largest Danish breeding population of Great Bittern, Garganey, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Avocet, Black Tern and Bearded Tit. Furthermore the reserve is among the few places in the country where Eurasian Spoonbill and Little Gull can be seen. There is a free view almost everywhere, no tall trees and the land is flat. But it's not only a migration area, its a good place for birds to live and eat. There is an information centre and several birdwatchtowers (see the map for information centre). More than 300 bird species have been registered in the reserve, 130 of which have bred here.



Vejlerne is on the main A11 road between Thisted and Fjerritslev. The reserve itself is not open to the public, but there are many look-out points and bird hides from which to watch the birdlife. There are roads and parking along the major places and several birdwatchtowers. For more info on the Vejlernes Informationcenter and the area see the links below.

Terrain and Habitat

Plain , Wetland , Lake , Beach , Sea , River , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes


Flat , Wet , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer , Autumn


Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Around one third of the area - just under 2000 ha - is covered by a dense reedbed, which is the largest in Scandinavia.


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