South Lolland is mostly flat and open with large cultivated fields. As an oasis lies the great coastal forest Vindeholme behind the dike facing the Baltic Sea. The forest is actually only one of several woods, which lie like pearls on a string along the coast. All are owned by the nearby manor, Rudbjerggård.
Vindeholme Forest has for many years been West Lolland’s residents favorite wood for a stroll. A walk along the dike overlooking the Baltic Sea and back through the shelter and silence of the wood appeals to most people.
The forest is actually is divided in two by the asphalt road to the beach. To the west lies Vindeholme and Vesterskov, and to the east lies Lindeskoven.
Vesterskoven offers a varied woodland with differing trees planted. In Lindeskoven you can walk through a kind of primeval forest consisting of lime trees, preserved here in the coastal wood as when it was the dominant tree species in Denmark 7-8000 years ago. Very careful, selective felling takes place so trees of all ages are represented.
West of the parking place lies a group of small, low Bronze Age burial mounds, which can be glimpsed in the landscape by the small house.
At Lindeskoven’s east end we find South Lolland’s highest point, called Maglehøj. Magle means great, and the mound truly is. It rises steeply in the forest and is a challenge for large and small "climbers". The mound’s apex is 14 metres above sea level, and at the time when people went on a picnic every weekend, it was a favorite destination.
Today, it is rarely visited, but the mound is nonetheless impressive. It would appear that it was solely created by the last ice age as burial remains from the stone or bronze ages have not been found.
If you are fit – take a long hike through Lindeskoven to arrive at Maglehøj. The less fit can pull in on the nearby Maglehøjvej from where it is not far to the mound.
See the map and folder, to plan a trip.
In Vindeholme Forest, or rather in the blackthorn thicket behind the dike, lives a fairly rare moth. It is the mottled umber moth, in Latin theria primaria. In mild winters it may fly as early as January or February. This is reflected by the name – primaria, the first.
The mottled umber moths, of which there are several species, are unusual, as only the males have wings. The females have none or only little vestiges of wings, and of course cannot fly. They hide during the day, but as soon as it becomes dark, they climb up, release pheromones and attract the males.
Photo: Jesper Hjelme