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Title of the project

Quick Win Wijgmaalbroek – Leuven – Belgium


Quick Win Wijgmaalbroek related to a private forest in the Demervallei. In the course of 2012 and 2013, a recovery of habitat type 91E0 (Alluvial forest with alder and ash forests) was developed.

At the start of the recovery the invasions American bird cherry (Prunus serotina) and Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) were fought. The shredded American bird cherry was reused as a litter layer. Something about 10,000 new trees (composition from European ash, Alder, Elm, Cherry trees) were planted, where hunters from the local Wild Management Unit were able to roll up their sleeves.

In addition to the construction of a habitat type 91E0, three ponds were also expertly excavated, which serve as propagation pools for amphibians, including the habitat guideline species cephalopod (Triturus cristatus).

Triple aim:
– Restoration of a 30ha alluvial forest (Alno-Padion) belonging to 91E0 Natura 2000 biotop.
– Eradication of invasive alien species Prunus serotina and Fallopia japonica
– Creation of breeding place for Triturus cristatus

Hunters roles:
– A helping hand in planting 91E0 trees
– Owner is a hunter


We see a positive evolution of the habitat in direction of the desired 91E0


Country Belgium
Level Local
Site BE2400014 Demervallei
Specific site coordinates BE2400014-2, 50.945882, 4.717255
Municipalities involved 3018 Leuven (Rotselaar)
Province(s) Vlaams-Brabant
Region WijgmaalbroekHaemelbroek

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Regional protected area


Species Caracteristics Protected species, Invasive Alien species, Threatened species, Others: Habitats in danger in general for all types of species 91E0
Species Type Others: Amphibians
Name(s) of main species Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), Salamandridae

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities)


Leading partners Landelijk Vlaanderen www.landelijkvlaanderen.be (Organization of Flemish Landowners)
Other partners Local bosgroepen Dijle Geteland and Noord Hageland Local wildbeheereenheid

Estimation of Human Resources needed

- Hunters: 24 hours- Total wok: approximately 200 hours


de Landeigenaar in Vlaanderen n° 61 p.26-27, Marieke Smets, August 2013 (http://www.invexo.be/~/media/Files/Themas/Natuur/Natura%202000/20131101%20Quick%20Win%20Wijchmaal_lowres.pdf)de BosGroep 2014 n° 35