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Title of the project

Quick Win Bananenven


Bananenven owes its name to its form, making it a landmark for pilots. Since the 1970s, the surroundings of the fen have been heavily used. On the basis of aerial photographs, it appears that the Bruulberg area was originally ancient heathland and drift dunes.

Christophe Lenaerts, hunter and owner of Bananenven and surroundings, harvested 5 hectares of economic deciduous and coniferous wood in the spring of 2012. Within the forest management plan there was room for this so that no urban development permit had to be requested. Deforestation within the framework of Natura 2000 should also not be compensated. In order to chip and dispose of the remaining energy wood, due to the clean-up period it was unfortunately necessary to wait until December 2012, as a result of which the costs also increased. In retrospect, that was not really necessary, a lesson that could be learned from this. The plageworks therefore only continued in the spring of 2013, just like the chamfering of the banks of the fens.

The project aims to restore the old heaths and upgrade the banana shaped marshes.


Heather plants start growing again- Clear sands attract typical insects- Amphibians and water loving insects repopulate the marsh(es)


Country Belgium
Level Local
Site BE2100017 Bos en heidegebieden ten oosten van Antwerpen
Specific site coordinates BE2100017-7 51.270508,4.755878
Municipalities involved Oostmalle
Province(s) Antwerpen (Antwerp)
Region Bruulbergen, near: 's Herenbos, Salphen, Blommerschot

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000


Species Caracteristics Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds, Others: Arthropods
Name(s) of main species Species related to 4030, 3130 and 2330For instance:European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Spearhead bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Landelijk Vlaanderen (Flemisch Landowners)
Other partners Regionaal Landschap

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

Gouvernmental funding 'Quick Win Natura 2000', € 21.000 in reality 70%Owner personal finances, in reality 30%

Estimation of Human Resources needed

3 persons about 2 monthes in total


de Landeigenaar in Vlaanderen - Landelijk VlaanderenDe Vlaamse Jager - Hubertus Vereniging Vlaanderen