Autumn

Stevns Klint is particularly famous for the spectacular migration of predatory birds during autumn, but other species of birds also migrate past Stevns Klint. Black-headed gulls in July, terns in August, small birds in September and geese in October. Read more.

Spring

After a long, dark winter, people long for the first crisp signs of spring. A budding snowdrop in the garden, a blackbird singing early in the morning, cackling geese flying in a V-shape, and singing larks. Spring at last! Read more.

Migrating birds

When the spring and autumn bird migrations bring millions of birds to Denmark, Stevns Klint is right at the centre. The huge migration of birds of prey in the autumn in particular makes the cliff popular with bird watchers.

Every year, hundreds of bird watchers visit Stevns Klint to experience the huge bird migration.

The great autumn migration starts when the summer draws to a close and the young birds leave the nests. The birds gather in flocks, and when the time is right, they head south. Most terrestrial birds prefer to fly over land rather than over water. They follow the coastlines as they travel south.

When the migratory birds reach Scania in Sweden, they are forced to cross the sea to continue their journey south. Fortunately, they can see the tall white cliff of Stevns Klint a long way off. From Falsterbo, the southernmost point of Sweden, they head towards Stevns Klint, where bird watchers are ready to watch the migration.

The spring migration is not nearly as overwhelming at Stevns Klint as the autumn migration, because Stevns does not serve as a natural guideline from south to north and therefore it is not at the centre of the birds' migration.

However, there is one exception: The crane migration. Every year, thousands of cranes leave the North German island of Rügen. They migrate due north and in contrast to other terrestrial birds they are not afraid of the open sea. In easterly winds they are forced westward and pass by Stevns Klint.