Fanoe - a Haven for Seals
One of the great experiences on Fanoe is the large colonies of seals.
Experience them up close in their natural surroundings, at the great seal bank south west of Sønderho.
It takes less than half an hour to walk to the seal bank at low tide, you can, however, also be lucky enough to see them already in the harbour in Nordby.
There are many seals in the Wadden Sea around Fanoe. It is estimated that there are about 3000 harbor seals, which are the most common species of seal.
However, gray seals are also in great prosperity. Seals are protected against hunting; hence they are used to the idea that an encounter with a human does not have to be dangerous.
Seals are very curious animals, so you might be lucky to get close to them. Their heads suddenly pop out of the water in the fairway close to where we are - they are just as interested in us as we are in them
From late spring, seals begin to present themselves in earnest on the banks - as the females must feed the pups during June and July.
A newborn seal weighs about ten kilos. The pup can only nurse when the seals are lying on the banks. Therefore it is important not to hunt seals in the water, regardless of whether you are approaching by aircraft, boat or on foot.
The seals on Fanoe can be explored by taking a boat to the bank north of Grådyb or by foot with one of our guides.
Encounter with nature on Fanoe. In the nature "THE ENCOUNTER" is the most important. The encounter between you and animals, plants, natural phenomenons, landscapes and other people who walk in the nature -this is what creates the experiences in the nature.
You can experience the nature on your own or participate in one of the many arrangements that the nature guides, The Danish Society for Nature Conservation and others organize each year.
The Wadden Sea's different habitats for animals and plants each have their own very special importance for breeding and migrating birds. For more than 50 waterbird species, the Wadden Sea is of vital importance. It is estimated that more than 10 million birds pass the Wadden Sea during migration.
Drained Tidal Areas
During low tide, when the tidal areas are drained, thousands of wading birds such as the dunlin, the icelandic sandpiper, the little godwit and several species of ducks and geese search for food in these nutrient-rich areas. The birds "refuel" before traveling to the breeding areas in northern Scandinavia, Siberia and Greenland, or in transit to the wintering areas further south.
The large mussel beds in the Wadden Sea are an important food source for birds such as the eider and the oystercatcher. Also inland sites are of great importance as they are the 'breadbasket', especially for mallards, wigeons and pintails as well as for the pink-footed goose, brent goose and barnacle goose.
Duck Decoys on Fanoe
The Duck Decoys on Fanoe are pieces of a cultural history, that is unique for Fanoe.
A Duck Decoy is a vary large bird trap - consisting of a pool with side canals covered with nets - meant for catching wild ducks. As the only place in Denmark, four Duck Decoys were build in the 19th century.
Albue Duck Decoy
is situated in a beautiful and protected area next to the bay called Albue Bugt. Today it is a museum. Albue Duck Decoy is privately owned and normally closed in winter.
Sønderho Old Duck Decoy
has resently been restored. There is an exhibition about the history of the Duck Decoys, the surrounding nature and wildlife. From the birdwatchtower you have a fantastic view of the Wadden Sea. The Duck Decoy is open all year (rerember to close the gate). Free entrance.
The nature of Fanoe and South West Jutland offers many excititing experiences.
Nature guide Marco Broddehas collected 100 of the most special experiences: from the wellknown "Sort Sol" (Black Sun) and the seals to the more unknown - but still very interesting - such as the arctic geese and the lizard with no legs!!
These 100 examples have been collected in a book "100 naturoplevelser". The book is published in Danish and in German, you find it at among other places at Visit Fanø and the price is DKK 129.
In many ways the nightjar reminds of an owl being acitiv during night. You cannot see it but you can hear the very characteristic growling.
The best possibilities to experience the nightjar is in Fanø Klitplantage (the dune heath) during the months of May, June and July. From sundown and a couple of hours onwards.