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Our visit to Denmark
Jul 2016

The Project Manager (David Hargreaves) and Monitoring Officer (Dr Richard Smith) are visiting North Western Europe's largest lowland raised mire within the Lille Vildemose protected region in Denmark in June 2016. Lille Vildemose region is a complex of many habitats such as freshwater lakes and drier heath as well as the lowland raised mire and as such is home to a wide range of animals including golden eagles, cranes, boar, otters and red deer as well as flora typical of lowland mires such as cranberry, heather, bell heather, white beak rush and cotton grass along with many Sphagnum species. Occasional visitors include white-tailed sea eagle, black stork and red kites. Restoration of the area began in 2003 and techniques similar to those being undertaken at the Humberhead Levels NNR through the Life + Project "That's Life" have been used and they are now progressing to Sphagnum trials. Where the two projects differ remarkably is in relation to large herbivores. Perhaps because the peat bog is set within a larger state or sympathetic private ownership trials are being undertaken to reintroduce red deer into the area, previously konik ponies and wild cattle have been reintroduced. These trials continue. In November 2015, five elk (or moose in north America) calves arrived in Lille Vildmose from Sweden. The job of the new elk will be to roam the areas, munching on trees and shrubs, helping to create a more varied landscape and to aid the recovery of the bog. Standing at six feet to the shoulders the elk is the largest extant species of deer; adult males can weigh in at 700kg!

 

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