Lille Vildmose in the eastern part of Himmerland is a Danish wilderness and an eldorado for nature lovers and people with an interest in history. The area is Denmark’s biggest protected region with its 7600 hectares or 76 km2. Here you will find, amongst other things Northwestern Europe’s largest raised bog, lakes with a lot of birds and unique nature, wetlands and forests
Centre name: Lille Vildmose Visitor Centre
Name of organisation: Fonden Lille Vildmosecentret
Funding support: Government and local municipality
Number of staff: 6
Number of visitors per year: Ca. 70.000 visitors pa. 40.000 visitors gets natureeducation, and 4.500 as part of training programs in schools.
Overall aims of the centre
Ca. 80.000 visitors pa.
Description of the centre
Lille Vildmose in the eastern part of Himmerland is a Danish wilderness and an eldorado for nature lovers and people with an interest in history. The area is Denmark’s biggest protected region with its 7600 hectares or 76 km2. Here you will find, amongst other things Northwestern Europe’s largest raised bog, lakes with a lot of birds and unique nature, wetlands and forests. You will have the opportunity to spot golden eagles, wild boars, cranes, stags, otters and other big animals like the european moos. Here you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the silence, the smells, the sounds of nature, the changing of the seasons, the open range, the bird life and the abundance of the marsh’s smaller animals and plants. Lille Vildmose is in these years ‘recovering’ from many decades of drainage and peat extraction and is developing into a marshland with lakes.
The moose returns to Denmark
In November 2015 five moose calves arrived in Lille Vildmose. The job of the new arrivals from Sweden will be to roam the areas, munching on trees and shrubs, helping to create a more varied landscape and the recovery of the bog.
In May/June 2016 they were released into a larger area (2100 hectares) encircled by a 30 kilometre fence open to visitors of the bog. They started breeding in 2017 and the numbers of moos are therefor raising. The area can sustain up till 40 moose.
Lille Vildmose offers some of the best facilities for visitors in the Danish nature. It does this through a series of observation towers and walkways. The paths in the area are well suited for mobility-impaired and weelchair users. In the observation towers visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the area with its wild animals and birds.
Lille Vildmose is undoubtedly an outstanding natural environment. Here you find the largest active raised bog in the Northwest European lowlands. Furthermore, Lille Vildmose contains more than 50 % of the preserved area with raised bog in Denmark. However, decades of peat cutting and farming have left the central areas of the bog severely damaged.
Raised bogs are threatened habitats. After many years of reclamation, cultivation, and peat cutting, only a small percentage of the raised bogs in Denmark and the rest of Europe is preserved. Of the original 55 km2 of raised bog in Lille Vildmose, only 22 km2 of raised bog is preserved today.
At Lille Vildmose Visitor Centre you get an insight into the bogs natural and cultural values. The Visitorcentre offeres a wide range of family-friendly experiences. You can see nature films in the cinema, fly in the eagle simulator, get close to plants and animals from the bog in the nature workshop and discover the exciting interactive exhibitions. The Centre offers various guided tours in Lille Vildmose and you can also experience the bog on your own.
All text and films are in Danish, English and German.
Around Lille Vildmose Visitor Centre are several different activities and facilities like the park, shelter area, boar pen, lunch room, playground and observation towers.
From the Centers 12 meter high tower you can see the area around Lille Vildmose Visitor Centre and much of Lille Vildmose.
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Main CEPA work areas
All the activities at the visitorcentre focuses on CEPA work
Top three successes
The Peattrain with volunteer guides as been a succeess, because we gets the volunteers involves in the CEPA work.
Implementing a face-to-face communication raising awareness.
Training programs for school classes due to a very good cooperation with the local municipality.
Top three challenges
Finding economical resources for development.
Cooporation between landowners and natureconcervanists.
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Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;
Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.
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CEO Bo Gregersen
Birkesøvej 16, Dokkedal
Phone: +45 99 31 75 51
Web site adress: www.lillevildmose.dk
Social media: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=lille%20vildmosecentret