Welcome to Janum Kjøt
Janum Kjøt is a huge stone - a so-called erratic block, which is owned by the Geological Society of Denmark.
Janum Kjøt is one of Denmark's largest erratic blocks. During the Ice Age approximately 22,000 years ago, the stone was transported by the ice from Middle Sweden. The glacier brook came to a halt approximately 19,000 years ago and turned into dead ice. The stone finally melted away from the dead ice approximately 15,000 years ago. Read more about erratic blocks on DGF's website atwww.2dgf.dk.
Janum Kjøt consists of the rock granite. Different types of lichen grow on Janum Kjøt including Irish lichen, which is rare in Denmark. Reindeer lichen is one of the commonly known types, which is used in Christmas decorations for example.
Nature in the area is protected as grassland and heath. Grasslands are areas dominated by grass with small patches of scrub often on dry ground such as steep slopes and hills without any cultural impact other than grazing. Grasslands are often stony land poor in nutrients, which can only be used as pastures.
Heaths have come about as a result of clearing and burning forests in favour of cultivating grain. However, the cultivated areas were quickly depleted, which has resulted in acid soil conditions poor in nutrients that could only be used for grazing. During this process, a plant community of scrub came about including heather, whortleberry and crowberry.
The Lundhøje conservation
The Lundhøje conservation area is a landscape conservation area on privately owned land. The area became a conservation area in 1967, where the aim was to protect four ancient burial mounds and the view, which at that time was in danger of being hidden by a conifer plantation. The giant stone, Janum Kjøt, is also listed. This was done in 1932.
Today, there are still traces of the plantation operations at Lundhøje in the form of deep furrows made with a so-called Tolne plough, which was used in forestry around 1950.
Egebjerg conservation area
Close to this is the state-owned conservation area. Egebjerg is a hilly heath area of 7.5 hectare with many oak trees and burial mounds, which cattle graze on. There is a splendid view from Egebjerg, where the highest point is 60 metres above sea level. It is possible to walk to Egebjerg from Lundhøje along the designated hiking path.
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