The southern-most tip of the Hasnæs peninsular, also known as Ebeltoft peninsular, is called Gåsehage (goose spit). This tip of the peninsular is covered in heath areas rich in flora and insects and famous for abundant birdlife.

The shallow waters around Øer Maritime Ferieby (a marine holiday village), the lock and the ferry harbour are a genuine Eldorado for seabirds, wading and migratory birds. Dunlin, oystercatcher and curlew explore the shallow waters for worms and crustaceans, with fluttering wings, shrill calls and long legs and beaks. During spring and autumn many migratory birds pass the area. Common eider, seagulls and cormorants flock around the ferry terminal.

Shaped by the sea

North of Øer harbour are coastal cliffs formed by the Stone Age sea. The landscape was different then. The sea reached to the top of the cliffs and the beach stretched from here, past the forest and on towards the beach at Elsegårde. When the sea level fell, the water left behind sandy and nutrient-poor soil where mussels are easy to find. The beach contains flints and chalks that were carried here from northern Djursland, where the chalk cliffs have been laid bare.