The Natura 2000 area Hjelm Hede, Flyndersø and Stubbergård Sø is located between Holstebro and Skive and covers an area of 2.170 ha, of which 160 are lakes. It is a varied, naturally infertile area with an ancient landscape consisting of raised bogs, springs and oak scrub together with cultural landscape elements including grazed acid grassland and alkaline fen. Large areas consist of dry heathland and bear witness to the cultural history of the area. The large lakes are important sites for an extensive birdlife. The area has been nominated because of the wide extent of dry heathland, acid grassland alkaline fen, ancient oak woodland and wooded turf bog as well as because of the presence of slender green feather moos and populations of otters, bitterns, osprey and breeding goosanders.