700-acre Gråsten Nor is one of the largest continuous meadow areas in Funen County. Formerly, Gråsten Nor was a shallow marine area but was reclaimed in 1856 and drained with a view to grazing and farming.
Grazing and haying in particular became the most important, however.
Today Gråsten Nor consists of cultivated fields, small bogs and grazing meadows that are flooded in spring and winter for the great benefit of birds and amphibians. The meadows have a great biodiversity of both flora and fauna and are one of the most important foraging areas for many wading birds as they migrate north or south. In spring, the meadows are covered with the beautiful, protected, lilac-coloured Western Marsh Orchid - roughly 10,000 grow in the meadows of Gråsten Nor.
An 8-kilometre waymarked footpath circumvents Gråsten Nor providing visitors with natural and cultural experiences such as the ruins of St Albert Chapel surrounded by an embankment from the 8th century.
A small exhibition with information about the area is found at the nature centre near the coast in Drejskoven.