Bosland

 

Bosland was founded in 2008. It is a project area in the north-western part of the Province of Limburg where there is a cooperation between three municipalities (Hechtel-Eksel, Overpelt, Lommel), the Agency for Nature and Forest (ANB), Regional Landschape Lage Kempen and other stakeholders. Bosland holds ±5000ha forest- and heath areas and has an important socio-economical and ecological function as a strategic open-area-project of the Flemish government. In Bosland management focusses on an integral forest management. This means they want to maintain, restore and develop the ecological values of this area by counting in the economical an recreational functions of the area.

Target species for which important management works were carried out are Smoot snake Coronella austriaca and Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus. On top of that, large parts of Bosland have been desegnated as Habitat- or Birdsdirective areas for numerous national- and European protected species like Ladybird spider Eresus sandaliatus, woodlark Lullula arborea, Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi, Ilex Hairstreak Satyrium esculi and Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia.