LIFE REDCOHA – a nature restoration project

LIFE REDCOHA (Restoration of Danish Coastal Habitats) - LIFE12 NAT/DK/001073 - started in August 2013 and continues until the end of July 2018.

The present project aims to restore some of Denmark’s large areas of coastal dune habitats. An urgent and comprehensive effort is imperative in order to reverse the trend of deterioration and to achieve a good conservation status of the targeted habitat types. This will be achieved mainly through combating IAS (conifereous species and Japanese Rose) (C1 and C5), conversion of plantations in order to create new habitats (C6). On the species level, this project aims at improving hydrological conditions (C2) and establishes a number of bird islands in order to minimize predation on vulnerable populations of ground nesting birds.

Therefore, the overall objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of the coastal dune habitats: 2120, 2130*, 2140*, 2180 and 2190 and to improve the conditions for a number of species, e.g. Scotch lovage (Ligusticum scothicum), Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), Little tern (Sterna albifrons) and Gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica).


The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark is the coordinating project manager and undertakes the project in partnership with Thisted Municipality and Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

The total budget is 2,845,912 € with 50% financed by the EU’s LIFE+ Nature Fond.



The project encompasses 15 sites all situated along the Danish westcoast

The main actions within this project is to:

  • Mapping the distribution of Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa) within a total area of 11,000 ha
  • Applying a variety of methods to fight Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa) in order to improve the conservation status of the habitat types and to achieve a better understanding of the effectiveness of the methods applied
  • Improvement of the hydrological conditions in the coastal habitat types
  • Clearing of forests consisting of primarily Mountain pine (Pinus mugo), Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) and Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) in order to increase the distribution of coastal habitat types
  • Fighting the sporadic occurrence of invasive alien species (IAS) in coastal habitat types
  • Improving the conditions for a number of ground-nesting birds by creating 3-5 birds islands 




Targeted species



Pililularia globulifera


Subularia aquatica

Bog orchid

Hammarbya paludosa

Sea bindweed

Calystegia soldanella

Scotch lovage

Ligusticum scothicum



Marsk fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia

Nordfolk damselfly

Coenagrion armatum

Digny skipper

Erynnis tages

Silver-spotted skipper

Hesperia comma

Large heath or common ringlet

Coenonympha tullia

The grasshopper

Chorthippus jutlandica

Baltic hawker

Aeshna serrata


Amphibians and reptiles

Sand lizard

Lacerta agilis

Natterjack toad

Bufo calamita




Tringa glareola


Recurvirostra avosetta

Little tern

Sterna albifrons

Gull-billed tern

Gelochelidon nilotica


Targeted habitats


Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (’white dunes’)


Grey dunes


Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum


Wooded dunes of the Atlantic, Continental    and Boreal region


Humid dune slacks


For detailed information please refer to the Grant Agreement.

If you have a question concerning the LIFE+ project, you are always welcome to contact the project manager and the project working group.

Contact information


Uffe Strandby

Project leader
Nature Agency Denmark
72 54 35 22

Lars Christian Adrados

Municipality of Thisted
99 17 22 52

Thomas Mosgaard

Municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern
22 66 13 20