Threatened plants and animal species: Revised Danish Red List
The National Environmental Research Institute has published a revised status for all 259 species of Danish orchids, butterflies, chafer beetles, amphibians and reptiles. Over the next five or six years the status of the remaining 10,000 or so Danish species is to be assessed group by group. The results will be published regularly on the Institute’s website: http://www.neri.dk. This reviews each individual species so that one can see its status and the documentation for the assessment of whether or not the species is threatened.
The species are being assessed by specialists within each of the individual plant and animal groups. The assessment is performed in accordance with new criteria published by the World Conservation Union IUCN (see: http://www.redlist.org/ ).
The revised status shows that of the 259 assessed species, the state has improved for four species since the last Danish Red List in 1997, while it has deteriorated for 25 species.
The main problem for the species whose situation is deteriorating is that their habitats are becoming overgrown. This mainly applies to the dry grasslands and forest clearings that typically become overgrown because the areas are no longer grazed or have been afforested.
Further information: Peter Wind, National Environmental Research Institute. Phone: +45 8920 1700. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Danish Red List at: http://www.dmu.dk/1_Om_DMU/2_Tvaer-funk/3_fdc_bio/projekter/redlist/redlist_en.asp
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