Fuglene ved de danske Fyr, 1883-1939
Birds at the Danish Lighthouses, 1883 – 1939
The digitisation of the multiple volumes of "Fuglene ved de danske Fyr, 1895-1939" (UK: Birds at the Danish Lighthouses, 1895-1939) was initiated through a suggestion from the Thy National Park, Denmark. They wanted to use specific occurrence data from two lighthouses (Lodbjerg Fyr and Hanstholm Fyr) for an exhibition project. It would be a benefit to the Natural History Museum of Denmark to have DanBIF digitise these volumes, namely, to preserve them for the future and provide online access for everyone. The digitisation project eventually expanded after the discovery of more journal publications and thus resulted in the compilation of "Fuglene ved de danske Fyr, 1883 -1939" (UK: Birds at the Danish Lighthouses, 1883 – 1939). Read more about the digitisation project.
Data published in GBIF
See the dataset with 1212 occurrences on GBIF portal: Birds fallen at Danish Lighthouses 1883 through 1939.
This dataset presents occurrence records and notes of birds extracted from “Fuglene ved de danske Fyr 1883-1939” (i.e. “Birds at the Danish Lighthouses 1883-1939”).
Digitised book volumes
Most of the book volumes were compiled by Herluf Winge (1857-1923), a Danish zoologist who studied mammalian dentition. After the early death of his brother, Oluf Winge (1855-1889), who was a leading Danish ornithologist at his time, Herluf helped to compile "Fuglene ved de danske Fyr": Birds at the Danish Lighthouses 1891-1910, and until 1912 he supplemented this with his own bird observations.
One of the pearls of Thy National Park is the Lodbjerg lighthouse, which is situated in the middle of a large heath and plantation area, 14 km N of Thyborøn, 800 m from Jutland's west coast. The lighthouse was built in 1883 and first powered on 28 November 1884. It is 35 meters high, and the light is 48 meters above the sea. Lodbjerg lighthouse with its powerful light has supported the ships landfall and sailing in coastal waters. It is still lit with two white flashes every 20 seconds.
Photo: Isabel Calabuig, 2014.