Belgian HIgh Fens / Belgien Hohes Venn
The oldest nature reserves in the country are in the east of Belgium. They extend over more than 4000 hectares. The High Fens is the largest raised bog in Europe. Layers of peat, several meters thick, absorb the rain like a sponge. What the peat cannot store, flows filtered into the many streams, lakes and dams. The landscape glows green in summer and golden yellow in autumn. The sensitive flora and fauna of the High Fens, however, requires extensive maintenance. That is why some areas of the moorland are particularly strictly protected.