Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Done by Peter_H_65 🐻
Nature reserve Rodebach / Roode BeekA restored natural area with streams, meadows, pastures and forestsOn 750 hectares along the Rodebach / Roode Beek, in the Brunssumer and the Teverener Heide lies a rich natural area with streams, meadows, pastures and forests. The centuries-old wetland along the Rodebach was systematically drained for a long time, with straight troughs and barren agricultural land dominating the landscape. After a comprehensive renaturation, nature now gets its free rein again. With the renaturated river valleys and the extensive pastureland the development of nature has received new impulses. A small-scale landscape mosaic of nutrient-rich swamps, flowery meadows and moist groves develops and provides a home for many rare and endangered animal and plant species. Breeding birds and dragonflies benefit from the growing supply of reeds and shrubs, and the flowering pastures are an Eldorado for butterflies.Scottish Highland cattle roam the area in family groups and provide grazing for the preservation of large open grassland areas.On the Dutch side is the Schinvelder forest one of the largest forest areas in southern Limburg. Clay layers provide a moist soil and valuable forest biotopes in the south. In the sandy north, isolated heath shrubs are reminiscent of the former heath landscape. In the 19th century, one planted the present pine forest, whose wood was used as a support in the mine tunnels. Today the forest is allowed to develop freely: fallen trees remain lying, the forest clears and gradually a natural deciduous forest with birches and oaks sets in again.The 14 oil and grain mills that lined up along Rodebach and Roode Beek can tell from more than 700 years of history. In 1970 the last mill was shut down. The buildings and millstones are often still preserved and in some places the millers have become innkeepers.