Geopark: Sydfynske Øhav Vildtreservat

Take a walk in the past


The South Fyn Archipelago Wildlife Reserve is Shallow waters and a varying coastline with lagoons, beaches, meadows, cliffs and water dams provide excellent living conditions for a large number of common coastal bird species. The Wildlife Reserve consists of the eastern and most
shallow part of the archipelago and comprises 220 km2. A number of islands and islets, as well as beach meadows on the larger islands and on Monnet, which are all protected by the legal act of the wildlife reserve, ensure restrictions on hunting, windsurfing and public access. The marine territory within the wildlife reserve is divided into several different protection zones with various restrictions on hunting, public access etc.

Habitat description

The wildlife reserve is a breeding habitat for a large number of common coastal bird species. The excellent living conditions in the area are due to the shallow water area and the varying coasts with coastal lagoons, beaches, meadows, cliffs and water dams, and smaller forests on the islands. Several rare plant species are associated with the beach meadows, and therefore the area is considered to be a botanical hotspot. In addition, the area is a resting place for a large number of bird species of which the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus), Brent Goose (Branta bernicla), Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis), Coot (Fulica atra), Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Teal (Anas crecca), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Scaup (Aythya marila), and a large number of different wading birds are worth mentioning.

Protection and legislation

The South Fyn Archipelago Wildlife Reserve is designated in accordance with the Ramsar Convention (site 17). The Ramsar area is part of the EU Natura 2000 network. The South Fyn Wildlife Reserve was established in 1996, and the legal declaration was revised in 2007. The purpose of the wildlife reserve is to ensure the existence of undisturbed resting, feeding and breeding areas for birdlife. Hunting from motorboats is prohibited throughout the reserve. Certain parts of the area do allow hunting from an anchored vessel, while in other areas no hunting is allowed at all (see Figure 1-1). There are also restrictions on kite and windsurfing as well as public access.

Public access

The wildlife reserve is divided into different protection zones. Figure 2-1 shows this zoning. The areas shaded red indicate areas where public access is prohibited from 1 March to 15 July. Dotted areas indicate areas where surfing is prohibited from 1 September to 31 May. Crosshatched areas indicate where surfing is prohibited all year.

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  • Geopark: Sydfynske Øhav Vildtreservat

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