Vendsyssel (The northernmost tip of
The northern part of Jutland has been created during the last 10.000
years through land rising since the last ice age. The ground is very
and the landscape is flat, but many areas are covered with big
In previous times the land was covered with woods and shrub but man has
had a great influence on the landscape. Through clearing and burning of
the woods, exhausting of the ground and overgrazing, the sand has been
exposed. The strong winds in the area has then resulted in the creation
|Hulsig Hede (Hulsig Heath) near the tip of
Jutland is a large (c. 20 sq.
km.) nature reserve with sanddunes and coastal heath. Some of the dunes
reaches 25 m varying with wet depressions and plains with stones. The
reserve is open for the public all around the year.
The introduced Dwarf Mountain-pine (Pinus mugo) is a problem
in the area. The pine was formerly planted in the big plantations
to slow down the sand drift. But this hardy tree thrive fine in the
climate and has spread from the plantations out in the open. You can
a stand of Pinus mugo in the middle of the picture. The spread
the tree is now kept down through clearing and burning.
On Hulsig Hede breed the rare birds Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)
and Wood-Lark (Lullula arborea), and resting eagles and other
are often seen in the open areas.
The vegetation is much alike the West
heaths, but some plant species are particular caracteristic in this
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