Welcome to Hingelbjerge
Hingelbjerge was part of a large island in the Littorina Sea, which from the Early Stone Age until the end of the Late Stone Age covered Hanherred and large parts of eastern Thy. The area consists of heathland with a touch of grassland vegetation, small woods, fields, orchards, a marsh and small ponds.
Heathland and grasslands are the result of agricultural practices such as sustained grazing on the relatively poor soil. The central part of Hingelbjerge has probably been more or less uncultivated since ancient times.
The area was preserved in 1968 to protect this unique area and its many different habitats.
Thirty-six preserved burial mounds are scattered around the countryside ¬– another important reason behind the decision to preserve the area. The mounds were erected in the period from the Late Stone Age (ca. 4000 BC) until the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500 - 1100 BC).
Flint spears and amber beads
None of the mounds in the preserved area have been subject to archaeological investigation, but there are accounts of past discoveries of various antiquities in and around the mounds. Amber beads, flint spears and what is thought to have been a flint dagger were found in one of the mounds.
Well-preserved earth dikes from the early 1800s are found in various parts of Hingelbjerge. These dikes were required by law. People had to fence in their fields to keep animals and crops separate.
Heathland is the dominant habitat in the area. The most common vegetation around the many burial mounds is heather and juniper. The heathland must be tended in order to prevent it from becoming overgrown with trees and bushes. The main challenge is posed by conifers ¬– the seeds from their cones are easily spread and sewn by the wind or animals. Heather must be tended by burning, mowing or grazing.
Cross-leaved heath is an evergreen dwarf shrub from 10 to 25 cm tall. The stem is upright, with 3 to 6 mm long grey-green needle-like leaves. The pink, bowl-shaped flowers look like nodding bells. It flowers in July and August just before heather.
Juniper is hardy with regard to soil and very resistant against wind and frost. Because of its prickly needles, it can only be partially eaten by grazing animals and it thrives in heathland, grasslands and open grazing forests. The dark, 2-year-old juniper berries can be used in the production of aquavit, gin and jenever, and as a cooking spice.
Crowberry is an evergreen dwarf shrub densely covered with needle-shaped leaves and small, tasty black berries. Historically, crowberry branches were used in the production of brooms and scrubbing brushes.
Blueberry is a low-growing deciduous shrub with upright green branches. The leaves are bright green and the berries are black with a bluish tinge. The juice from the berries gives a deep blue colour. Blueberries are tasty and can be confused with bog bilberry, which also has blue berries – but these are white inside and tasteless. Blueberries ripen in summer and can be picked from July to September.
Bog bilberry resembles blueberry, but unlike blueberries, the flesh of marsh berries is light. The berries do not taste like much compared to blueberries. Used in the production of schnapps and in cooking.
Devil’s bit scabious
Devil’s bit scabious is a perennial plant that grows in damp, open and poor soil. It flowers in August-September and has blue-violet flowers. The plant grows 25-60 cm high. It has a leaf rosette at ground level and the flower stems are usually branched. Butterfly larvae of the rare marsh fritillary are only found on devil's-bit scabious.
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