These wild and untameable horses have turned out to be helpful in maintaining meadows and grasslands because they eat both dry grasses and heather. That means that they keep the vegetation short trimmed, which provides space for wild flowers and other vegetation.
For centuries, traders, hagglers, cattle drivers, and travelers followed a network of cattle driving roads along the western coast of Jutland. The cattle roads from Limfjorden’s pastures to the markets in Schleswig-Holstein tracked through desert West Jutland heaths, inland dunes, impassable bogs and river dales.
Sand migration can be very destructive to vegetation, either because it becomes buried in sand or because the roots of the vegetation lose their grip. On the other hand, some vegetation keeps sand from migrating, if the plants get the time to put down their roots before a storm comes.
The coastal meadows and wetlands in the Hvide Sande area are particularly important for the thousands of waterfowls who use the area as resting, breeding, and feeding grounds. For example, you can find duck species such as teal, wigeon, mallard, and goldeneye. In terms of geese, the dominant species are the Pink-footed Goose, the Greylag Goose, the Brentgoose, and the Barnacle Goose.
In the entire Hvide Sande and Ringkøbing Fjord area there is an abundance of fish species. That is because the area has both saltwater, freshwater, and brackwater in the fjords, lakes, streams, and rivers.
The conditions for fishing are ideal at the harbour Bork Havn and in Ringkøbing Fjord in general.
The topgallant sailing schooner Maja has not sailed all the seven seas, but she's been around; in 2009 she was brought to Hvide Sande to sail tourists out to sea.
Maja's story begins in 1919 in a shipyard by the river Rhine. Back then, Maja travelled to the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and local Danish waters.
Along the Danish coast line, there are no actual addresses which makes it difficult to find your way from the beach to your holiday home. All the dunes and beaches look alike, but in case of an accident, the beach numbers will help you explain your exact location to the authorities. That is why the police and the municipal government have assigned beach numbers to every beach. The signs are green with black lettering on a white background.
There are plenty of opportunities for going horseback riding with your family here
At Momhøje Naturcenter you can enjoy the calm, plenty of space, and engage in refreshing activities in the forest, heath, and bog. In some areas, the terrain is difficult to traverse and poses a challenge to even the most experienced mountainbikers. In other places, the terrain is easy to access and wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Dejbjerg Hede and Dejbjerg Plantage is a vast interconnected nature area north of the village of Dejbjerg. Apart from diversified nature with forests, heaths and bogs with plenty of paths, this area is also full of exciting tales about human life from the iron age and onwards.
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.
There are two nature centers at the river Skjern Å; one of them lies near where the river Skjern Å flows into Ringkøbing Fjord in Botoftevej 4 in Vostrup; the other lies a bit further up stream between Skjern and Borris at Ånumvej 161B.
The first nature center, which is called Skjern Enge, has an exhibition about the bird life in this area. In the yard, there is a barbecue, chairs, and benches free for everyone to use.
Among the thousands of birds that migrate to Skjern Enge, there are some interesting guests such as spoonbills, black-necked grebes, white-tailed eagles, and great bitterns. You should go and listen to them on a warm spring day when the bitterns perform their characteristic kettledrum-like calls that sound like when you blow into a bottleneck.