Nyord and Vedelen

Nyord and Vedelen are situated on and close to the island Møn in the south eastern part of Denmark . The area covers approx. 450 ha .

Project area - Nyord and Vedelen

The project area is part of a Ramsar site (no. 22) and is included in a wildlife reserve. Hunting is prohibited on more than half of the project area. Due to the large areas of salt marsh the site is potentially the second most important habitat in eastern Denmark for birds using this type of habitat.

The project area is part of the NATURA 2000 area "Havet og kysten mellem Præstø Fjord og Grønsund" which is a unique national and international coastal area, through its large natural values and unique interaction between large areas of shallow water, saltmarshes and uninhabited islands and islets. The saltmarshes, islands, islets and coastal lagoons are of significant importance as breeding areas for waders, terns, gulls and rare species of dabling ducks.

The NATURA 2000 area ”Præstø Fjord, Ulvshale, Nyord og Jungshoved Nor” that covers Nyord as well as Vedelen, was designated due to its important breeding populations of i.e. Philomachus pugnax and Recurvirostra avosetta . Calidris alpine Schinzii breeds on a regular basis at the area. Furthermore the area is of international importance for a number of staging waterfowl; Cygnus olor, Anser anser, Aneas penelobe, Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Aythya fuligula, Bucephala clngula, Mergus serrator, Mergus merganser and Fulica atra.

The saltmarsh at Nyord ( 423 ha ) is the second largest saltmarsh in the eastern part of Denmark and is unique due to its high numbers of natural drainage creeks and coastal lagoons.

In 1968 a bridge was build to connect Nyord to the island of Møn . This changed the environment at Nyord dramatically due to a large influx of predators, mainly foxes.

Nyord is an important breeding area for Philomachus pugnax (2-3 breeding pairs), Calidris alpina schinzii 0-1 pair and Recurvirostra avosetta .

The peninsula Ulvshale was originally separated from mainland Møn by a 20 ha large lagoon, Vedelen. Due to the construction of dikes and pumping, Vedelen is now dry land, but until the early 1970´s it was an inland lake surrounded by wet meadows, and a very important locality for meadow birds with many pairs of e.g., Philomachus pugnax . 50 years ago, Calidris alpina schinzii also bred there.

Vedelen is situated very close to Nyord, and if the bird populations there increase due to improved conditions, Ulvshale and Vedelen will be one of the first sites to be re-colonised. The present project aims at making such re-colonisation possible.

Harboøre Tange

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