Sunday 11th 35F, +2C, breezy, heavy overcast and misty. Showers forecast. The steady loss of trees and hedges had me seeking some data. Agricultural land, as a percentage of total land area, stands at 59% in Denmark. This makes Denmark fifth in the entire world. With regular complaints about loss of natural habitat and poor public access to nature. There is no public footpath system as there is in the UK. Though many [but not all] private woods allow public access on existing paths and tracks. Former access routes to nature are regularly lost due to prairiefication of smaller fields by large and acquisitive, highly mechanized, holdings.
Organized shooting is a popular pastime in winter at all social levels. Somewhat ironically, the income from this activity, allows copses and marshes to continue to exist in the corrugated landscape of endless fields. Many copses and woods are used to raise pheasants [as prey] in fenced off enclosures. Some field ponds are actually improved to help increase duck populations for shooting. Field drainage is a constant activity in the local, agricultural landscape.
Exploitation of coasts and beaches, in the day tripper, entertainment sense, is almost non-existent in Denmark. Access to the sea is often hampered, or completely blocked, by sprawling, private summer house areas and their deliberate chain building along narrow beaches. These houses and huts often attract higher prices than normal homes despite the constant drone of motor lawnmowers and coastal erosion in some places. Rising sea levels would suggest the loss of many of these seasonal villages. There are marinas in many coastal towns where deep water conditions exist.
My walk was accompanied by fine drizzle. Lots of small birds about, some singing. I wore cuffs of cut off [holey] socks to help pad out the stiff [boot] ankles. It seemed to help but there is much more walking to do before any level of comfort is achieved in place of very real pain. Thick mist kept me at home and off the trike.