Restoring nature in Skjern Enge | The river Skjern å delta

Restoring Nature at Skjern Enge

It took almost 20 years to restore Skjern Enge (meadows) and bring the river Skjern Å back to its original flow; the result is amazing

Skjern Enge (meadows) is once again one of Northern Europe's most important stops for migrating shorebirds and waterfowls. The entire riverdale with its bogs, meadows, and heaths is an impressive and educational nature area.

Draining Skjern Enge

The need for more farmland resulted, in the 1950s and 1960s, in a large drainage project in the large meadows along Skjern Å. At the same time, the last 26 km of the river Skjern Å was straightened into streamlined channels. It was a huge task; the project was the biggest drainage project in Danish history but it was also the last one.

A River Delta with a Rich Wildlife

In the 1980s, the situation changed. Now the object was to restore the river's delta with its wetlands, twisting streams, and lakes with reed forests. In 1983 the decision was finally made to restore Skjern Enge and bring the river Skjern Å back to its original flow.

Northern Europes Largest Restoration Project

It took almost 20 years to complete Northern Europe's greatest nature restoration project, and the result is amazing! Today all kinds of birds from spoonbills to white-tailed eagles live in the restored meadows and wetlands, and the special type of wild salmon that lives in the river Skjern Å and near extinction has returned to the river in great numbers and once again whips its tail in the river’s delta.

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The river Skjern Å

The River Skjern Å

The wetlands Skjern Enge is Denmark's only river delta. This area feeds and shelters thousands of birds when they migrate to and from their breeding grounds in the north.