J1: Nature conservation

The river Skjern Å has been restored. (Photo: The Danish Nature Agency)

The interface between nature and agriculture
– sustainability, biodiversity and food production

This tour brings you to two commercial farms that interact with nature in different ways, and a successful nature regeneration project. Along the way, we will pass by the place where the successful wind turbine company Vestas was born.

The first farm is an example of how a municipality and a farmer have collaborated to restore nature (in this case a wetland) on privately owned farmland.

The second visit is to a sheep farm. The sheep graze the moors on public land and thus help keep the heather and other low shrubs in good shape. This particular area has also seen the arrival of wolves, which have migrated from Germany to Denmark in recent years. You can hear about the issues that the presence of wolves in the area has given rise to.

The final stop on the tour is to Skjern Enge – an area that for decades was drained farmland but has recently been re-established as a meandering river surrounded by natural meadows with rich birdlife, wild salmon and varied plant life.

Itinerary:

8.30 pm Depart Vingsted
9.00 pm Arrive at a farm in the Vejle area.

In collaboration with Vejle Municipality and the local nature advisor from the agricultural advisory services, nature has been incorporated into the farmland in the shape of a new wetland.
How did this come about, what were the farmer’s tasks, what are the pros and cons, what roles have the municipality and the advisory services played, how do research results affect the choices, and how does funding and collaboration pave the way for returning farmland to nature?
Both the farmer, a representative from the municipality and the advisor will be present to tell you about the initiative, show you around and answer your questions.

The stream Odderbæk was returned to its original course in a collaboration between landowners and the municipality. Photo: Odderbæk Vandløbslaug

11.00 am Depart from the farm with the wetland.
12.30 pm Arrive Lystbækgaard near Ulfborg – a sheep farm based on nature conservation and a wide range of sheep-related activities for the public.

Lunch (New Nordic tapas) in the farm café and introduction to the farm activities.

1.30 pm Tour and questions
3.00 pm Depart Lystbækgaard
3.30 pm Arrive Lem – home of the first Vestas wind turbine factory and a large wind turbine park

Vestas wind turbines create energy on the shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Vestas
4.00 pm Leave Lem
4.15 pm Arrive Skjern Enge.

Talk about the history of the Skjern Enge project, how agricultural land was transformed back into nature, and how cooperation between the authorities and the locals went.
Have a look around. With the participation of a nature guide

5.30 pm Leave Skjern Enge.
5.45 pm Arrive Skjern.  Eat dinner at the restaurant Stuen t.h. at Skjern Hotel
8.00 pm Depart restaurant.
9.00 pm Arrival Vingstedcentret

Changes to the programme can occur.

Guides:

Janne Hansen
Farm animal advisor, journalist, and communication consultant (retired, sort of). Ex-pat Canadian.

Egon Kjøller.
Journalist at regional daily newspapers in northern Denmark 1971-2016. (Subjects: agriculture and agroindustry, environment, energy, regional development, fisheries, development aid)

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