European Rewilding Network
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Reintroducing moose to Lille Vildmose

Rewilding the largest remaining raised bog in Northern Europe

Moose, moose-bull and a young moose-calf in Lille Vildmose.
Lille Vildmose
In Lille Vildmose moose and red deer have been introduced to help prevent the overgrowing of the raised bog.
Lille Vildmose

In Lille Vildmose moose and red deer have been introduced to help prevent the overgrowing of the raised bog. The moose and red deer should hopefully help the raised bog to restore itself after many years of sphagnum extraction and farming.

The Aalborg municipality, Aage V. Jensens Nature Foundation and Danish Nature Agency are currently overseeing a large rewilding project in Lille Vildmose in northern Denmark. “Lille Vildmose”, meaning “little wild bog on the heath”, is the largest remaining raised bog in Northern Europe and Denmark’s most extensive protected region.

The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the raised bog here to its natural state and boost local biodiversity by restoring natural hydrology and reintroducing moose and red deer. Until 2007, before the project began, the bog had been drained and the site used for sphagnum extraction and agriculture.

While restoration of the bog is a slow process (it will take centuries before it is brought back into natural balance), various activities carried out now can create favourable conditions for the natural restoration process to take effect.

In November 2015, after being absent from Denmark for millennia, five moose calves arrived in Lille Vildmose. These have now successfully bred and two more calves have been added to the herd. The moose were reintroduced to help maintain the bog, in conjunction with the area’s red deer. As natural tree trimmers, the effect of the moose on the bog’s birch trees is already evident.

Project: Reintroducing moose to Lille Vildmose
Region: Northeast Jutland
Aim and vision: The aim of the project is to restore the raised bog to its natural state and to allow natural and dynamic processes to take place. It is desired that areas with active raised bogs should be extended with 40-70% and thereby allowing the area to work as one biological and functional unit.
The vision with the project is to restore the natural hydrology, the natural dynamics and the open landscape of a raised bog. With these steps, it will also maximize the biodiversity within the area.
Uniqueness of the project: This project is unique in Denmark because of the introduction of moose and also because of the large scale of the project. It is the first time in Denmark where moose have been introduced to contribute in a nature restoration project. Lille Vildmose is the largest raised bog in Danmark and the large
Other activities: Education, Recreational activities
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: - The moose and red deer population have hopefully grown to, higher densities closer to what is seen in natural systems.
- The overgrowing of the natural open landscape has been slowed
- The hydrology within the area ha
Results so far: -The moose have started breeding and have successfully raised two calves.
-The effect on the trees from the large herbivores has begun to show.
Inspirational value: The project with introducing moose and red deer is only a smaller part of a much larger project that covers 75 square kilometers in total. In the southern part of the area lies Tofte Skov and Tofte Mose. Both Tofte skov and Tofte mose has been part of one fence since 1906. Red deer have been there since. In 1926 wild boar was introduced to the area. The combination of red deer and wild boars creates advantag
Experience you would like to share: The large effect natural densities of indigenous herbivores have on both the landscape and the general biodiversity.
Experience you would like to gain: How natural and dynamic can a ecosystem be within a fenced area of the size and composition of Lille Vildmose?
Map
Country
Denmark
Start year
2016
Size (ha)
7200
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Natural grazing
Flagship species
moose, Red deer
Reintroducing moose to Lille Vildmose
Moose, moose-bull and a young moose-calf in Lille Vildmose.
Lille Vildmose
In Lille Vildmose moose and red deer have been introduced to help prevent the overgrowing of the raised bog.
Lille Vildmose

In Lille Vildmose moose and red deer have been introduced to help prevent the overgrowing of the raised bog. The moose and red deer should hopefully help the raised bog to restore itself after many years of sphagnum extraction and farming.

The Aalborg municipality, Aage V. Jensens Nature Foundation and Danish Nature Agency are currently overseeing a large rewilding project in Lille Vildmose in northern Denmark. “Lille Vildmose”, meaning “little wild bog on the heath”, is the largest remaining raised bog in Northern Europe and Denmark’s most extensive protected region.

The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the raised bog here to its natural state and boost local biodiversity by restoring natural hydrology and reintroducing moose and red deer. Until 2007, before the project began, the bog had been drained and the site used for sphagnum extraction and agriculture.

While restoration of the bog is a slow process (it will take centuries before it is brought back into natural balance), various activities carried out now can create favourable conditions for the natural restoration process to take effect.

In November 2015, after being absent from Denmark for millennia, five moose calves arrived in Lille Vildmose. These have now successfully bred and two more calves have been added to the herd. The moose were reintroduced to help maintain the bog, in conjunction with the area’s red deer. As natural tree trimmers, the effect of the moose on the bog’s birch trees is already evident.

Map
Country
Denmark
Start year
2016
Size (ha)
7200
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Natural grazing
Flagship species
moose, Red deer
Specification
Project: Reintroducing moose to Lille Vildmose
Region: Northeast Jutland
Description
Aim and vision: The aim of the project is to restore the raised bog to its natural state and to allow natural and dynamic processes to take place. It is desired that areas with active raised bogs should be extended with 40-70% and thereby allowing the area to work as one biological and functional unit.
The vision with the project is to restore the natural hydrology, the natural dynamics and the open landscape of a raised bog. With these steps, it will also maximize the biodiversity within the area.
Uniqueness of the project: This project is unique in Denmark because of the introduction of moose and also because of the large scale of the project. It is the first time in Denmark where moose have been introduced to contribute in a nature restoration project. Lille Vildmose is the largest raised bog in Danmark and the large
Other activities: Education, Recreational activities
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: - The moose and red deer population have hopefully grown to, higher densities closer to what is seen in natural systems.
- The overgrowing of the natural open landscape has been slowed
- The hydrology within the area ha
Results so far: -The moose have started breeding and have successfully raised two calves.
-The effect on the trees from the large herbivores has begun to show.
Exchange
Inspirational value: The project with introducing moose and red deer is only a smaller part of a much larger project that covers 75 square kilometers in total. In the southern part of the area lies Tofte Skov and Tofte Mose. Both Tofte skov and Tofte mose has been part of one fence since 1906. Red deer have been there since. In 1926 wild boar was introduced to the area. The combination of red deer and wild boars creates advantag
Experience you would like to share: The large effect natural densities of indigenous herbivores have on both the landscape and the general biodiversity.
Experience you would like to gain: How natural and dynamic can a ecosystem be within a fenced area of the size and composition of Lille Vildmose?
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