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Filsø Filsø in the past In the Stone Age, Filsø was a large fiord (or bay) on the North Sea, until the formation of points and movement of sand along the coast blocked the sea’s entry more than 4,000 years ago. Filsø became a freshwater lake and the water level rose, reaching seven metres above sea level during some periods. The resulting lake grew to over 3,000 hectares, making it Denmark’s second largest lake at the time, after Arresø. In 1848, Henne Mill was purchased to drain Filsø. Four years later, the water level of the lake had decreased to just 2.2 metres above sea level,...

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Vejlerne Vejlerne is Denmark’s largest scientific reserve, measuring approximately 5,600 hectares and home to Scandinavia’s largest reed bed and Denmark’s largest grazing meadows. Rare bird species The name “Vejlerne” means “the fords”. Until 130 years ago, Vejlerne was two shallow inlets stretching from the Limfjord to the north. Today, following the damming of the area, Vejlerne remains two separate areas, eastern and western Vejlerne, separated by the original peninsula of Hannæs. A dense reed bed measuring nearly 2,000 hectares covers more than a third of Vejlerne. This...

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Lille Vildmose Lille Vildmose covers 7,700 hectares, making it one of Denmark’s largest wild nature areas. It is home to the largest lowland raised bog in northwestern Europe and two of Denmark’s most species-rich grazing forests. Visitors armed with patience can observe large wild animals year round, including otters, golden eagles, white-tailed eagles, red deer, elk and wild boar. The area is also unique for its many small animals and plants. Vildmosen’s history The formation of the raised bog at Lille Vildmose, which now has up to six-metre-thick layers of peat, began more than...

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Welcome to Lille Vildmose A unique Danish landscape Lille Vildmose encompasses Høstemark Forest to the north, Tofte Forest and Bog to the south, and in between the Central Area and important coastal areas. It is the largest protected region in Denmark and covers 7,600 hectares. Tofte Bog is unique: it is the largest and best preserved raised bog in North West Europe. The forests of Tofte and Høstemark are like nothing else in Denmark’s countryside. They are bright and open with a variety of marshy sections, arid plains and natural woodland. Today, red deer, roe deer and wild boar (only...

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From farmland to new nature Filsø is dewatered  From 1852 until after World War II, Filsø lake was progressively dewatered in order for the lake to be converted into farmland. Initially, the purpose was to create areas for hay harvest but, later on, people also began to grow various crops on the land, including grain, seed grass and potatoes. In 1950, the grain dryer and the large barns were built and, at the time, they constituted the largest agricultural buildings in Northern Europe. Filsø evolved into an ultramodern farm, and it was one of the largest in Denmark with 1,200...

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The anti-tank ditch at Filsø – a part of the Atlantic Wall This bridge is adjacent to a World War II anti-tank ditch that used to continue in a northerly/southerly direction outside Filsø. At this location, across Langodde, an anti-tank ditch was excavated as a part of the Atlantic Wall with the purpose of preventing an Allied invasion via the west coast of Jutland.   Function of the Atlantic Wall – Internationally During WW2, the German occupying forces constructed the Atlantic Wall, a fortification intended as a defence against an Allied invasion via the western European...

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