INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BIODIVERSITY 2010
 

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Denmark: Transboundary protection of red-listed species and their habitats

Come and assist the rare dormouse

Visit the fire-bellied toad on Klintholm

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Come and assist the rare dormouse

The Biodiversity Action Day in Denmark comprised two events on the 22nd of May 2010. Both events took place on the central island of Funen.


The dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is a red-listed rare small mammal. On this day we – The Forest and Nature Agency under the Ministry of Environment – wanted to create awareness on the dormouse. Approximately 30 people joined the event and were given information on the biology of the animal, including its habitat requirements. People were actively involved in improving the forest edges by planting several species of smaller bushes. Also, people participated in putting up dormouse nestboxes. These boxes tend to strengthen the population and are a useful tool to monitor the species. As a highlight, our colleagues and partners from Stiftung Naturschutz in Schleswig-Holstein presented a live dormouse. This dormouse was bred in captivity under strict regulations. Very few people have seen this animal, as it is nocturnal and lives in very dense vegetation.


Activities to improve habitats for the dormouse, especially in corridors in forest and in the open land, are done as part of an international EU INTERREG 4A project. The project called BioGrenzKorr works in collaboration with two German partner organizations; the Stiftung Naturschutz and Landesforsten, both in Schleswig-Holstein. The project has just started and the day was also used to inform people about this new project.


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Visit the fire-bellied toad on Klintholm

The fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina) is an amphiphian also listed on the red-list. In the afternoons and warm evenings on this time of the year, the toad performs its characteristic calling. People were invited to come and listen to this calling and get more information about the challenges in conserving this animal. Conservation involves establishment of spawning ponds, flooding of drained areas and a breeding program as well as grassing around waterholes in order to keep them exposed to the sun. Conservation has been done as part of an international EU LIFE project – LIFE-Bombina with several partners in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Latvia.


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Flyer_Bombina.pdf

Information about the fire-bellied toad and the LIFE-Bombina project (in English)

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Annonce_Lokalaviser.pdf

Original announcement and invitation to the event (in Danish)

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