Amager Nature Park
A number of the capital’s biggest natural attractions are linked together in Amager Nature Park. It has everything from savannah, dense woods and salt marshes to bird-rich lakes and canals with frogs and snakes – all just a few kilometres from City Hall Square.
Natural Park Amager is primarily a green vision for a unique natural area that is one of the largest natural parks so close to a metropolis. Here’s 3,000 acres – or about 4,000 football fields – nature within biking distance of downtown. It is notable that very varied nature with many species and an exceptionally rich bird life.
In such a densely populated country like Denmark is necessary landscaping to ensure the kind of varied nature, which otherwise would have occurred by itself. In the Natural Park Amager helps grazing cows, horses and sheep to keep trees and large plants down, but there are also large flocks of dåhjorte who have permanent job in preserving the commons as a savannah landscape with scattered trees.
Along the coast you can get an idea of how the Øresund coast originally set out with low salt marshes and natural lagoons. It’s pretty much the only place that is left – the rest are either built or converted to artificial beaches.
The vision of the Natural Park Amager is making the many nature experiences even more accessible and attractive to all, whether you are looking for peace and quiet to study rare plants or exercising in nature. New paths will complement existing and new traditions to be developed and to ensure that more people will want to come here.
The potential is huge: If one did not count the natural park nearest neighbors, more than half of the people of Copenhagen never been in the area.
Photo: Martin Rivero