REDCOHA-LIFE - Restoration of Danish Coastal Habitats

LIFE12 NAT/DK/001073

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Contact details:

Contact person: Uffe STRANDBY
Tel: 4572543522
Email: ufstr@nst.dk

Project description:


The 400 km west coastline of Denmark is home to a threatened area of coastal dune habitats. This area slowly emerges from the sea, as the land is continuing to rise following the last glacial period. This pristine, nutrient-poor land, mainly consisting of sand covered by coastal dune habitats, is probably the most valuable natural resource of Denmark.

The costal dune habitats are a mosaic with the most abundant habitat types being well-preserved fixed dunes vegetation and humid dune slacks. These areas are unique, as they represent the only Danish land habitats with an end succession other than forest.

The project areas are threatened, however, by a lack of natural dynamic processes and the invasion of coniferous species, the target of an earlier LIFE project (LIFE02 NAT/DK/008584). Other threats include the fragmentation of habitats and loss of breeding and foraging areas for key animals. Even though these issues are being addressed, they constitute long-term potential threats.


The overall objectives of the project include:

  • Improving the conservation status of the coastal dune habitats;
  • Significantly reducing the threats to the plant species: Ligusticum scothicum and Calystegia soldanella; and
  • Improving conditions for the following species: Bufo calamita, Lacerta agilis. Tringa glareola, Recurvirostra avosetta, Sterna albifrons, Gelochelidon nilotica. Euphydryas aurinia, Euphydryas aurinia, Pilularia globulifera, Coenagrion armatum, Subularia aquatica, Hammarbya paludosa, Erynnis tages, Hesperia comma, Coenonympha tullia and Chorthippus jutlandica.

    Expected results:

  • Remote sensing on a total of 11 140 ha, resulting in GIS maps with the location and distribution of Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa). Occurrence of this invasive species is expected on 1.225% of the area, which implies a total of 136.5 ha with the Japanese rose;
  • The project intends to remove the Japanese rose from a minimum of 10.9 ha and a maximum of 109 ha (dependent on whether the Danish authorities permit the use of pesticides for this task);
  • The hydrological conditions of 51 areas will be improved and restored. Hydrological feasibility studies will be carried out on 529 ha and 5.5 km of watercourses;
  • Establishment of five ‘bird islands’, free of mammal-predators, with a total area of at least 3 000 m2;
  • Fencing off of 17 ha to enable it to develop into a different (protected) habitat type;
  • Removal of invasive species on 129.7 ha of decalcified dunes and 91.1 ha of wooded dunes;
  • Cutting of a 105.56 ha plantation, resulting in the development of the fixed dunes and humid dune slacks habitats over a 10-year period. The removal of commercial plantations in the open coastal dune habitats will reduce habitat fragmentation;
  • Improved conditions for the targeted species;
  • Dissemination of the results and knowledge gained in the project to all stakeholders involved in conservation of Danish coastal dune habitats; and
  • Communication with the general public by means of Interactive smartphone and tablet communications platforms.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Coastal


protected area‚  coastal area‚  restoration measure

Target Habitat types

  • 2120 - Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria ("white dunes")
  • 2130 - Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation ("grey dunes")
  • 2140 - Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum
  • 2180 - "Wooded dunes of the Atlantic, Continental and Boreal region"
  • 2190 - Humid dune slacks

Natura 2000 sites

SPA DK00CX038 Nissum Fjord
SPA DK00CX043 Ringkøbing Fjord
SPA DK00CY039 Harboøre Tange, Plet Enge og Gjeller Sø
SPA DK00EX022 Hanstholm Reservatet
SCI DK00AX173 Kallesmærsk Hede, Grærup Langsø, Fiilsø og Kærgård Klitplantage
SCI DK00AY176 Vadehavet med Ribe Å, Tved Å og Varde Å vest for Varde
SCI DK00CX160 Nissum Fjord
SCI DK00CX278 Husby klit
SCI DK00CY163 Ringkøbing Fjord og Nymindestrømmen
SCI DK00EX017 Ålvand Klithede og Førby Sø
SCI DK00EX025 Vangså Hede
SCI DK00EX130 Hanstholmreservatet, Nors Sø og Vandet Sø
SCI DK00EX265 Klitheder mellem Stenbjerg og Lodbjerg
SCI DK00EX283 Hanstholmknuden
SCI DK00EY124 Løgstør Bredning, Vejlerne og Bulbjerg
SCI DK00EY133 Agger Tange, Nissum Bredning, Skibsted Fjord og Agerø
SCI DK00FX274 Ejstrup Klit og Egvands Bakker



Coordinator Danish Nature Agency
Type of organisation National authority
Description The Nature Agency (NST), a body within the Danish Ministry of Environment, focuses on the public use of nature as well as on developing, managing and restoring state-owned forest and natural areas. The NST engages in green partnership arrangements with local authorities for nature management and awareness rising. It is responsible for the administration of national policies and legislation concerning nature conservation, restoration and management, open-air recreational activities, hunting and forestry. It manages the state-owned forest areas and other publicly owned nature and agricultural areas covering some 190 000 ha.
Partners Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, Denmark Municipality of Thisted, Denmark


Project reference LIFE12 NAT/DK/001073
Duration 01-AUG-2013 to 31-JUL -2019
Total budget 2,845,912.00 €
EU contribution 1,422,956.00 €
Project location Syddanmark(Danmark) Midtjylland(Danmark) Nordjylland(Danmark)


Read more:

Leaflet "Til kamp mod rynket rose – en aggressiv invasiv a ...
Project web site Project's website
Publication: Comparative study "Networking Report (LIFE12 NAT/DK/001073): action ...


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