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LIFE Råbjerg Mose – a nature restoration project.

The aim of the project is to restore and secure the unique nature of the Natura 2000 containing the Jerup Beach Ridge Plain.

The Danish Ministry of Environments is the coordinating project manager and undertakes the project in partnership with Frederikshavn Municipality and the State Prison of Kragskovhede.

The project started 2013 and will finish 2018.

The total budget is 2,657,560 € with 50% financed by the EU’s LIFE+ Nature Fond.

The landscape of the Jerup Beach Ridge Plain is unique on a European scale and the project aims to restore and secure the light demanding nature types of the landscape – the dry nature types on the ridges and the wet nature types in the humid slacks between the ridges. With the restoration project the structure of the landscape will become more visible.

The project also emphasizes on creating a foundation for the future management of the nature within the Natura2000 site. 

Main objectives of the project

  • Re-establishing natural hydrology and enlarging the area with raised bog.
  • Clearing of tree and shrub overgrowth in inaccessible areas.
  • Combining EU LIFE support with support from the Danish Rural Development Programme / agri-environment schemes to secure sustainable management.
  • Combating invasive alien species – especially Prunus serotina.
  • Working with a large number (554) of landowners.
  • Corncrake (Crex crex) management.

 The project emphasis is on the “after LIFE” situation, with focus on development of a sustainable management set-up within the project period.

 Main actions

  • Establishment and management of a Landowner Association
  • Land purchase/purchase of property rights
  • Clearing of woodlands
  • Clearing of invasive and non-native species
  • Controlled burning
  • Grazing and mowing
  • Establishment of a cattle herd
  • Restoration of hydrology
  • Culling of mink by trap

Targeted species

Corncrake

Crex crex

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia

 

Targeted habitats

#

 

Areas (ha)

enlargement

2130*

Grey dunes

99

1

2140*

Dunes with Empetrum nigrum

76

1

2190

Dune slacks

14

improved

4010

Wet heaths

191

5

4030

Dry heaths.

489

10

6230*

Species-rich poor grassland

28

1

6410

Molinia meadows

328

5

7110*

Active raised bog

2.3

50

7140

Quaking bogs

131

 

7230

Alkaline fens

14

5

91D0*

Bog woodland

30

10

 For detailed information please refer to the  Grant Agreement

Project site LIFE-Wethab

 

 

Contact information

 

Uffe Strandby
Project Manager
Nature Agency Denmark
+45 72543522

Lars Christian Adrados
Municipality of Thisted
+45 99172252

Thomas Mosgaard
Municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern
+45 22661320

 

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