A deciduous forest dominated by Fagus on steep chalk cliffs. The site also includes calcareous grassland, grazing areas with hedges, and some smaller wetlands.
The site has a high diversity of birds but numbers of most species are low. Pernis apivorus, Sylvia nisoria and Lanius collurio, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
One of the most important terrestrial localities in Denmark with probably the highest number of rare and threatened plants and insects recorded at any one site in the country. The site is protected at national level and logging has been prohibited in some forest areas. Restoration projects to expand areas of chalk meadows and dry grasslands on chalk are ongoing. The most valuable areas are state-owned.
National High International High1,010 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Klinteskoven, 1,010 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Klinteskoven. Downloaded from
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