Lillebælt Nature Park is a maritime nature park with a unique marine and fjord area and several coastal and land areas, which stretch from Trelde Naes to Hejlsminde.
Lillebælt Nature Park represents nature and wildlife under the water, on the water and on land. Lillebælt Nature Park offers a unique combination of nature, landscape, culture and geology, which we want to protect, develop and draw attention to.
Lillebælt Nature Park is an important breeding area for many birds such as the white-tailed eagle, marsh harrier and the common tern, as well as migratory birds such as the common goldeneye and red-breasted merganser. Lillebælt is also home to the world’s densest population of porpoises. Up to 3,000 of these small whales frolic in the waves in the period from June to September.
The aim of the nature park is to strengthen and protect the area’s magnificent natural beauty and enable the local population and visitors to gain optimal enjoyment from the nature around the belt.
The Danish Outdoor Council defines nature parks as follows:
Danish nature parks are larger coherent landscapes of regional importance. They will often contain natural areas of national and international significance. They have a precise geographical demarcation with great scenic beauty, rich natural resources and cultural historical value. They represent landscapes characteristic of Denmark’s various regions, which should be specially protected for the sake of present and future generations.
Establishing nature parks in Denmark should give nature a boost and create better opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor experiences close to where they live. Nature parks should focus on local beauty spots within the municipality and contribute to coordinated planning and development initiatives that take into consideration improving the quality of nature and recreational needs.