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.
Region: Bruulbergen, near: 's Herenbos, Salphen, Blommerschot
Starting date: 2012
Species: European Nightjar (Caprimulgus Europaeus), Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion Hastulatum)
Species characteristics: Protected species, Threatened species
Type of actions: Management of habitats and wildlife, Communication
Leading partners: Landelijk Vlaanderen (Flemisch Landowners)