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Kalmthoutse Heide - recovery potential of habitat types 3130 and 3160


Fen restoration is a priority action for the Special Protection Area (SPA) Kalmthoutse Heide, both under the Specific Conservation Objectives (S-IHD) and the Nature Management Plan. Nitrogen deposition and other influences that impede suitable abiotic conditions are a limiting factor and potentially cause acidification or eutrophication.

The Agency for Nature and Forest wishes to understand the following questions before planning restoration measures:
- To what extent is recovery management of fens with habitat types 3130 and 3160 effective, given that these are so-called A habitat types, for which it is stated that quality improvement to recovery is not always effective as long as the critical nitrogen deposition value is exceeded?
- Which of the fens have sufficient potential for habitat restoration?
- At which of the fens with sufficient potential is bank restoration, stopping surface drainage and avoiding water quality deterioration sufficient? At which fens is (silt) clearance recommended and why?
Status Running
Actual start/end date 01/07/2023 - 30/06/2024


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Protected nature
  • Water


  • Natura2000
  • monitoring
  • monitoring