Grenspark De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide

Wet heath

Only sporadically present in the area, but if you look really close, you can see remnants of what used to be wet heath. Little shrubs of bell heather are the silent witnesses of past glory.

March gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe)

In most wet parts of the project area, purple moor grass has become the dominant vegetation. But underneath this mat of purple moor grass, seeds are waiting to germinate once more. To get these seeds out, the sod layer will have to be removed by cutting it. Cautiously though, because even if the area looks dry, the underground remains mostly humid, which doesn’t allow the usage of heavy machines, unless they are specially equipped for it.

Once the purple moor grass vegetation has been pushed back, we hope to enjoy bell heather, march gentian, white and brown beak sedge and countless specimen sundews.
Not only plants need wet heath, numerous butterflies like the green hairstreak depend on wet heath as well.

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restoring landscapes