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The Largest Bird Habitat in Northern Europe

The Tipperne Peninsula is a relatively new area which was created by migrating sand just a couple of centuries ago. The farthest part of the area, which is called Tipperne, is the largest bird habitat in Northern Europe.

The Tipperne Peninsula and Værnengene make a fantastic nature area. A multitude of different waterfowls breed and live here. To make sure that the birds are not disturbed, the area was declared a protected nature reserve as early as in 1898. In July and August, when the bird migration peaks, you can see up to 200 different species of birds including curlews, sparrows, sandpipers, and golden plovers. Tipperne, which is the northern part of the Tipperne Peninsula, was declared a protected bird habitat in 1928. Therefore public access is very limited.

Hundreds of Migrating Birds

This area is considered one of the most important recreational areas for migrating birds in Northern Europe and it is kept under close observation by the ornithological society. 

Get a General View from the Viewpoint Tower

The road to Tipperne goes through Værnengene, which is a large, protected area that is open to the public all year round. Here there are also many species of birds such as curlews, spoonbills, golden plovers, pied avocets, black-tailed godwits, swans, and ruffs; so remember your binoculars and your bird encyclopedia. In this area, there is a barn with a 360 degree view and lots of information about the landscape and its birds. Not far from there, there is also a bird watching tower.

Primitive Hunting Cabins

Værnengene has been the favorite hunting grounds for people from all over Denmark; that is why there are so many primitive hunting cabins here, which were built by hunters in the 1940s; the materials used were leftovers from battered chicken coops and old fish boxes and railway carts. The cabins do not have running water or electricity and today they are mostly used as weekend cottages. The cabins are spread in three small villages that most of all remind you of a klondyke, where anything is possible, but the huts are actually protected by very strict rules to secure status quo. 

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Opening hours:

From 1. November till 28.(29.) February:

No entrance

From1. March till 31. August:

Daily from  7.00-22.00

From 1. Sept. - 31. Okt.:

Daily from 9.30-15.30