Korntved-Rørkær Stien EN - Mountains, Plains and small Finches
The Ice Age landscape The landscape here is melt water plain from the last ice age (Weichsel). The ice came from north and east and stopped at the so called main stationary line. In front of the ice, huge rivers and deltas of melting water formed. These ran westward between the moraine mounds – remains from the landscape of the previous ice age (Saale). By the meadows around the streams Grønå and Sønderå the largest melt water plain in Sønderjylland, Tinglev Hedeslette, runs flat to the west in the marsh near Tønder. East of Tønder lies the 10km long and narrow Jejsing moraine mound. The marked high point of the mound, Jejsing Bjerg, is clearly seen from here, just 2 km to the northeast. Despite the modest height of only 21 meters above sea level, the view from the ‘Bjerg’ (mountain) is magnificent.
Finches in the open country The common linnet – a small finch – is a characteristic bird in the open landscape with live fences, scrubs and thicket. Especially in the spring and summer they are spotted in pairs. From being a common bird in the arable land, the number of common linnets has dropped. 40 years ago there were three times as many. The common linnet needs brackish fields with loads of different herbs and grasses.