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De Plateaux-Hageven – Transboundary Nature Reserve

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven is a beautiful transboundary nature reserve, that partly lies in the Netherlands (de Plateaux) and partly in Belgium (Hageven), just under the town of Valkenswaard. Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch society for the preservation of nature, landscape and cultural history) and Natuurpunt (the Belgian equivalent) have worked closely together over the past years to extensively restore the nature in this area.

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

Groote Heide

De Plateaux-Hageven is part of De Groote Heide, that consists of 18 nature reserves in the Netherlands and Belgium. I never really looked into these nature reserves. You often look towards far places and admire their beauty (from afar). But just stop one minute and look around you. You might notice the beauty of your own surroundings.

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Close by

This area is just a 10 minute drive away from us. Unbelievably close by. There are different entrances and different routes that will suit walkers of all ages and abilities. The shortest routes are perfect for families with children and a few routes are suitable for wheel chairs and strollers.

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A short stroll

We often take a last minute decision to go for a walk, often quite late in the day, so we take one of the short routes a lot (about 3 km). Which was again the case last weekend, when we got spoiled with perfect late summer weather. Sun, blue skies and 20°C. We just had to get out, even if it was just a short trip. Even daddy, who had come down with the flu, could enjoy the little walk in the sun.

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Mushrooms

Although it felt like summer, you could see everywhere that autumn definitely has made its appearance. We’ve seen a countless number of mushrooms. Leaves are changing colours. We’ve also heard a woodpecker, but unfortunately it stayed out of sight. In this reserve, it might even happen that you come face to face with a herd of Galloway cows. Too bad we didn’t see any this time.

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

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Respect nature

We try to teach our children to respect animals and nature in general. It’s okay if they pick up a little stone or pine cone once in a while, but we teach them not to deliberately step on or kick against anything or pull something off plants. It’s very tempting for kids (and unfortunately adults as well) to kick or squash mushrooms. Sadly, we’ve seen many signs of that. It’s a shame not everyone is able (or willing) to show enough respect.

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Dragonflies

De Plateaux-Hageven is also famous for its population of dragonflies and the Spotted Darter in particular. Apparently, enthusiasts from far and wide are flocking to this place, hoping to spot this little creature. We did see a lot of dragonflies and were even able to take a close-up picture of one. No idea whether it was the Spotted Darter. But it was beautiful.

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We’ve enjoyed ourselves

It was a relatively short walk, but we did enjoy ourselves, being in this beautiful setting, basking in the sun and having fun. I hope we’ll get more of such gorgeous days, to be able to head out and enjoy these beautiful surroundings, so near to our home.

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6 Comments

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    Kreanimo

    September 25, 2017

    Mooi hè. Ik ben er al een tijdje niet meer geweest.
    Nog eens tijd voor maken.

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      Nicole

      September 25, 2017

      Echt een heel mooi gebied. Ook Bosland heeft prachtige stukken. Wat dat betreft wonen we hier echt mooi, we nemen alleen veel te weinig tijd om dat echt te zien.

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    nicole orriens

    September 26, 2017

    Wat leuk dat dit natuurgebied in twee landen ligt. Dat maakt het extra speciaal.

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      Nicole

      September 26, 2017

      Ja, hè. Een van de langste wandelroutes heet ook de smokkelaarsroute en loopt door beide landen, zo leuk :).

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    Roelina Jut

    September 28, 2017

    Ik ben er nog nooit geweest, lijkt me prachtig. Vooral ook die paddenstoelen. Wij zochten afgelopen weekend voor het eerst paddestoelen met onze kids in het veluwse bos. Echt een leuke bezigheid.

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      Nicole

      September 28, 2017

      Ja, leuk hè, padenstoelen zoeken vinden ze hier ook geweldig.

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