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The turn of the year at Møns Klint

Spring

The waters at the base of the cliff are an almost tropical turquoise after the rockslides of the winter, which have filled it with chalk.

The pair of peregrine falcons are looking for a nesting place. The crane, Europe's tallest bird, takes off from its pitstop in Rügen and shapes its course to Møns Klint. Formations of the big birds slide above the cliff and rise on warm, upward winds.

On the forest floor, the harbingers of spring, such as cowslips and blue, yellow and white anemones emerge. Also, the first orchids appear around this time. In early May, several types of orchis open the blossoming season with a purple and pink profusion in Klinteskoven and at Høvblege and Jydelejet.

Fall

Visually, the cliff is at its best right now and sets the stage for migrating cranes, common buzzards and a myriad of other birds. There are days of clear skies and crystal-clear air. Hazy days of quiet mystery. And days when easterly gales blow, and the waves throw up fossils and amber onto the flint-pebbled beaches. You may find sea urchins, thunderstones from prehistoric octopuses and eagle stones, which are flint nodules with loose fossils inside.

In late summer and autumn, nature is abundant with delicious food. Blackberries, raspberries, wood sorrel, sea rocket, hawthorn, chanterelles, boletuses, fish and much more.

Summer

The gorges between the chalky headlands are now lush oases. Cold, clear spring water is supplied by Maglevandsfaldet. At the top of the waterfall, the ground is covered by large Solomon’s seals. Further down, the rare giant horsetail grows.

Now, there are good chances of watching the peregrine falcons in action. They have young and are busy hunting. Later, the young will also learn to fly and hunt.

The orchids of Høje Møns spread in the forests and the commons. Høvblege gains a light-blue hue from the Austrian flax and a pink ditto from the esparcet sweet pea.

In July, the large blue flutters around Høvblege. It is in search of a mate and it is busy. The butterfly only has about four days of daylight to mate. It spends most of its life as a caterpillar or chrysalis in the dark depths of an ants’ nest.

Winter

The white cliffs are covered in even more white. On the beaches, gigantic ice formations are formed on the rocks, the washed-up trees and the slopes. In the sunrise, the snow is golden glitter. Along the cliff side, one amazing winter scenario replaces another. You are almost alone here at this time of year. However, a thousand animal tracks along the edge and in the forests, indicate that there is lots of activity.


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