This is an incredibly scenic area offering some lovely walks. It is home to a wealth of birds, animals and unique flora thanks to Østerø Lake. Be sure to visit “knaldfyret”, the lighthouse and the Great Belt Bridge itself. The area is most definitely worth a visit.
The peninsula at Knudshoved is formed from sand and gravel, eroded from the coast north of Nyborg and carried southwards by the current, where the material was deposited, forming a peninsula. The lake and the surrounding salt meadows are important breeding grounds and foraging territories for many ducks and wading birds. The waterholes in the salt meadows also provide habitats for amphibians. Rare plant species, such as hairy smotherweed, Dianthus superbus (fringed pink) and sea rush, grow in the salt meadows, and heather is found in higher areas.
A nature path leads from the car park to the bird watching tower by Østerø Lake, so you can walk there without disturbing the birds. There are posters in the tower showing the birds you are most likely to see, including black-headed seagulls, common terns and avocets as well as a large number of ducks, swans and geese.
Migratory birds can often be spotted here, as they follow the bridge when flying south across the Great Belt. There is a good chance of seeing common buzzards at the old ferry port on their way south in the autumn.
The entire area is protected, and the central part around Østerø Lake is an internationally protected Natura 2000 area, which means that there are strict requirements for nature conservation.
There are several different walks and trails in the area. Please note that during the breeding season, there is limited access along some trails. There is full access all year round on the long route, which is approx. 4.6 km.