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Sound and independent information
on the environment

Hautes Fagnes

Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code BE940001)
  • Since 1966
  • Country: Belgium
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 40 km2 (3988.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Description

Site contact authorities

Manager Mr. DAHMEN René Ingénieur, Chef de Cantonnement à Elsenborn, Responsable Ministère Région Wallonne Division Nature et Fôrets Unter den Linden 5 B-4750 Elsenborn Tel.: +32 80 44 66 88 Fax.: +32 80 44 61 96
Information Centre Nature de Botrange B-4950 Robertville Bureau d'information de Botrange Rue de Botrange 133 4950 Robertville Station Scientifique des Hautes Fagnes (Université de Liège) Mont Rigi B-4950 Robertville Zentrum Haus Ternell 4700 Eupen
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Description

General character of the site Situated in the north-eastern Ardennes, the Hautes Fagnes nature reserve occupies some of the highest territory in Belgium (700 m). It features moorland and heath, and a harsh, rainy climate. The reserve is partly in the German-speaking eastern canton and partly in Wallonia. 
Quality  
Vulnerability There is a danger of fire and degeneration in the disturbed peatland areas. Around the moors, there are monocultural plantations of spruce. The reserve is overpopulated with game. Visitors could cause damages by trampling on the sensitive ground by walking out of the boardwalks. 
Designation  
Owner The reserve is state-owned. It is administrated by a board whose decisions are carried out by the Forestry service. 
Documentation -Collard, R. and Bronowski, V. (1993), Le guide du Plateau des Hautes-Fagnes, Editions de l'Octogone-Damblon, F. (1994), Les dépôts tourbeux et l'histoire de la végétation sur le plateau des Hautes-Fagnes. Annales de la Société géologique de Belgique, 117(2): 259-276-Dreze, A. and Schumacker, R. (1986), Faniae. Lacours Editor et A. Dreze Editeur-Fontaine, S. (1971), Esquisse d'une avifaune des Hautes-Fagnes et des forêts voisines. Min. Agric., Serv. Rés. nat. dom. et Cons. Nat. Trav. 6: 1-63-Frankard, P. and Ghiette, P. (1998), La gestion des tourbières des Hautes-Fagnes. Direction Générale des Ressources Naturelles et de l'Environnement, Trav. 20.-Froment, A. (1967), L'ancienne économie rurale de l'Ardenne et son incidence sur la végétation des Hautes-Fagnes. Bull. Soc. Géogr. de Liège 4: 23-39.-Ghiette, P., Frankard, P. and Schumacker, R. (1995), Le plan de gestion de la réserve naturelle des Hautes-Fagnes, Hautes-Fagnes 61: 11-18.-Hindrychse, M.-N., (1990), Dans quelques années, pourra-t-on encore parler des tourbières hautes actives du plateau des Hautes-Fagnes? Hautes-Fagnes 56: 69-77-Pissart, A. (1987), Géomorphologie périglaciaire. Edition Laboratoire de Gémorphologie et de Géologie du Quaternaire, Université de Liège.-Ruwet, J.-C. (1978), Problèmes liés à l'étude et à la gestion de la faune des Hautes-Fagnes et de la Haute Ardenne. Coll. Univ. Liège, Station scientifique des Hautes-Fagnes, Ed. Univ. Liège-Ruwet, J.-C. (1986), Ecologie, éthologie, conservation du tétras lyre sur le Plateau des Hautes Fagnes, Hautes Fagnes 52: 11-20-Schumacker, R. and De Zuttere, P. ( ), Aperçu de la végétation de la tourbière du Misten. Réflexions sur les associations des Oxycocco-Sphagnetea. Coll. phytosocial. 7: 437-459-Schwickerath, M. (1944), Das Hohe Venn und seine Randgebiete, Vegetatio, Boden und Landschaft - Pflanzensozilogie, 6.-Streel, M. (1959), Etude phytosociologique de la Fagne Wallonne et de la Fagne de Cléfay, Acad. roy. Belge, Mém. 8, Sér. 2, 31(1) 
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Educational interest There are two information centres: the "Centre Nature de Botrange" and the "Haus Ternell". There is a scientific centre at Mont Rigi. 
Cultural heritage The area was once an important crossroads, with the Merovingian Via Mansuerisca and later the pilgrimage route from Aix-la-Chapelle (Achen) to Trier and the copper and iron trading route. It forms the border between some important principalities, with numerous signposts, boundary stones and memorials. 
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URL official http://www.naturpark-hohesvenn-eifel.de/ 
URL interesting http://www.ful.ac.be/hotes/cnatbotrange/FR/homefr.htm 

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