Nature reserve in Ahrenshoop
The Ahrenshooper Holz is a 55 hectare nature reserve with a particularly old tree population. The area was placed under protection on September 4, 1958 and has not been farmed since 1967 in order to protect the old beech forest with peat sites as well as Europe's largest cohesive stand of holly (Stechplame). Ahrenshooper Holz is also home to rare bird species such as the stock dove, tawny owl and pygmy flycatcher, as well as bats.
The small wood has already inspired landscape painters such as Alfred Partikel, Fritz Grebe and Elisabeth von Eicken.
From the village street at the northeastern end of the Baltic resort Ahrenshoop, a hiking trail leads into the Ahrenshooper Holz.