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Buitenheide

Buitenheide - three arches

Buitenheide-Drie Bogen is a nature reserve in Neerpelt characterised by high banks and three arch bridges that used to cross the railway to Achel.

Buitenheide

The old pool, which fortunately hasn't been used as a dumping ground for a while, has been restored to its former glory. This means you can once again enjoy the sound of croaking frogs and magical beauty of fluttering dragonflies.

Buitenheide

To start of, a number of newly constructed pools have increased the food supply (including dragonflies and amphibians) for birds. And the growth and variety of flowers has been increased by mowing the adjacent grasslands more often. These flowers then attract more insects, that are another excellent source of food for, for example, the red-backed shrike.

We came close to losing these high banks, as the thousands of cubic metres of sand were just lying there for the taking. The local branch of Natuurpunt took action to prevent the banks being levelled.

Eventually Natuurpunt Hamont-Achel was tasked with managing the area and it has officially been declared a nature reserve. An old bricked-up arch, with a number of small openings, now servers as a place of hibernation for amphibians and bats. Exotic species, such as the black cherry, are being actively removed to give indigenous trees and bushes more space to develop optimally.

The old pool, which fortunately hasn't been used as a dumping ground for a while, has been restored to its former glory. This means you can once again enjoy the sound of croaking frogs and magical beauty of fluttering dragonflies.

Did you know that...?

Natuurpunt is an independant volunteer-run organisation dedicated to protecting vulnerable and endangered nature in Flanders. With its more than 6,000 volunteers, organised in about 160 local branches, the organisation manages almost 55,000 acres of Flemish nature in 500 different nature areas.

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