The Wild Horses - Gulstav Mose
The south tip of Langeland is home to a large nature reserve with open grasslands, lakes and ponds, wetlands, woodland and cliffs. Here you can encoun...
There are a number of areas on Langeland where nature is managed using cattle and wild horses, which live outdoors all year round. These animals aren’t fed are never or kept in a stable, but live free, eating wild plants that they find themselves.
Research has shown that the Exmoor pony is the race of horse that genetically is closest to Denmark’s original wild horses. An Exmoor pony is circa 130cm high, with a broad body and muscular, black legs.
Their coats are brown in colour. Its winter coat made up of both short “wooly” hairs and longer “guard” hairs and in fact this winter coat can be so thick that snow can lie on the back of a pony without melting.
In Denmark bone of wild horses have been found that are up to 11,500 years old. At this time horses were an attractive quarry for hunters. Wild horses are usually considered to be an animal of the open steppe, but in Denmark they also lived in the ancient Danish forests. It is believed that the last wild horses in Europe died out around 1870.
If you are roaming around the island close to sunrise or sunset, you will be unlucky not to see roe or fallow deer. In some places you can also see Highland cattle grazing in the fields. Birdlife on Langeland is exceptional and finally we have a population of rare black squirrels.
For some 11,000 years the black squirrel has been Denmark’s “the king of the trees”. The black squirrel was once an endangered colour variant of the European red squirrel, but a “rescue mission” has now secured its survival. Today the black squirrel is thriving in the woodlands of North La...