The Makegem forests form a forest and nature area of approximately 200 hectares in Merelbeke (Schelderode, Melsen, Munte) in the province of East Flanders.
The forest complex is named after the hamlet of Makegem (pronounced Makkegem).The area consists of a mosaic of different forests (Makegembos, Heilig-Geestgoed, Harentbeekbos, Bruinbos, Nerenbos, Makenbos, Luisdonkbos or Huisdonkbos and Hogenbos) surrounded by agricultural areas.The Makegem forests are part of the Flemish Ecological Network and are protected in Europe as part of the Natura 2000 area 'Forests of the southeast of the Zandleem region'.They are predominantly beech forests with spring flora such as forest anemone, slender primrose, musk herb, wild hyacinth, cranberry, common solomon seal and valley herb. Deer and squirrels live there, as well as the hawk, honey buzzard, spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, black woodpecker, great crested newt, fire salamander, alpine newt, fin-legged newt, lesser water newt.
December 19, 2020
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