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Location Denmark, Nordjyllands Amtskommune
Central coordinates 10o 13.00' East  56o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C3
Area 7,380 ha
Altitude 0 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description The largest raised bog in Denmark, and one of the best preserved lowland raised bogs in north-west Europe, with small lakes and wooded areas. Høstemark Skov and Tofte Skov hold stands of mature mixed forest dominated by Fagus and Quercus with Tilia and Alnus. Areas of natural forest to raised bog ecotone are also preserved in several parts of the IBA. The percentage cover of arable land is uncertain.

Key Biodiversity Several species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive breed at the site including Circus aeruginosus, Grus grus, Philomachus pugnax and Lanius collurio.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  1995  528 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1995  2,901 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Anser fabalis Bean Goose 1100 1050 individuals 96 favourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 5352 1755 breeding pairs 33 very unfavourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 8704 7812 individuals 90 near favourable
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Sea-eagle 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Pernis apivorus European Honey-buzzard 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bubo bubo Eurasian Eagle-owl 1 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Dryocopus martius Black Woodpecker 2 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lille Vildmose Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 68,735 protected area overlaps with site 62  
Lille Vildmose Major Conservation Area 7,600 protected area contains site 7,380  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Shrubland Heathland  45%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 20%
agriculture 20%
nature conservation and research 10%
unknown 50%

Protection status National None International High7,380 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vejlerne and Logstor Bredning, 45,280 ha). 1,660 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lille Vildmose, 1,660 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lille Vildmose. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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