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No. 209: Species 2015

Søgaard, B., Wind, P., Bladt, J.S., Mikkelsen, P., Therkildsen, O.R., Wiberg-Larsen, P., Johansson, L.S., Galatius, A., Svegaard, S. & Teilmann J. 2015. Arter 2015. NOVANA. Aarhus Universitet, DCE – Nationalt Center for Miljø og Energi, 126 s. - Videnskabelig rapport fra DCE - Nationalt Center for Miljø og Energi nr. 209.  http://dce2.au.dk/pub/SR209.pdf 


Denmark has obtained systematic monitoring of habitats and species included in the Habitats Directive and the Wild Birds Directive through the launch of the National Programme for Monitoring of Aquatic Environment and Nature (NOVANA).

A network of special protected areas has been designated according to the EU Directives. The network, ”Natura 2000”, contains species including birds and habitats, which need protection within the European Union. A main purpose for these areas is to contribute to secure the biological diversity on both a national and EU scale. This will happen through maintenance or restoring of “favorable conservation status” for the habitats and species, which the areas have been designated to protect.

The monitoring program for species within NOVANA has as its primary target to monitor population size and distribution of the relevant species. This will in time provide the scientific background to assess conservation status for each species and strengthen the basis for deciding on any measures that might be able to improve conservation status for one or more species.

The monitoring programme for species has been carried out for the period 2004-2015 and includes selected plant and animal species included in the Habitats Directive and birds protected by the Wild Birds Directive (breeding birds and regularly occurring migratory birds). The results of the monitoring of birds are presented in a separate report (Holm et al. 2016). In addition, the monitoring programme includes species, for which more than 20 % of the total population occur in Denmark (species of special national responsibility).

This report presents the results from the monitoring of species in 2015 and includes the following groups of species: Marine mammals (three species), amphibians (9 species), reptiles (one species), fish (four species), butterflies (one species), moths (10 species), beetles (three species), pseudoscorpions (one species), vascular plants (five species), mosses (one species) and mussels (one species).