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Plants and nature

Terrestrial habitats such as heaths, bogs, marshes, grasslands, forests and coastlines are the places where Denmark’s nature is found in its most unaffected form. However, many of these ecosystems depend on some sort of maintenance or cultivation, e.g. grazing.

Further, they are influenced by the fact that they have to co-exist with human activities such as agriculture, industry and traffic. This has meant that nature becomes polluted with nutrients from agriculture and emissions from industry and traffic and that as the area available for nature has diminished.

In the reports from the National Focal Point for terrestrial ecology, the latest facts on the current state of Denmark’s nature are listed. You can read the published reports here (in Danish): novana.au.dk

Klokkelyng og pleje

Bell Heather has so far been the dominant species in two Danish habitats; heath and wet inland heaths. Now it is disappearing from the latter habitat. When a dominant species as bell heather disappears, it causes major changes in the ecosystem. But why it disappears from only one of the two habitat types and what is the reason? There are just many bids when you start to investigate the matter, including nitrogen eutrophication, acidification, climate, hydrology and nature conservatory.

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