On the Oude Buisse Heide [nature reserve in the southern Netherlands], forest rangers have discovered marsh gentians!
This is a result of the special nature management by Natuurmonumenten in this nature reserve in Noord-Brabant province. …
Since 1978, Natuurmonumenten records which plant species grow at Oude Buisse Heide.
In all those years, marsh gentians were never seen.
In 2002, Natuurmonumenten started with small-scale taking away of heather in various spots.
In this way, rangers removed the upper soil layer containing much dung.
The results came immediately!
After the marsh gentians, Natuurmonumenten is waiting for the first alcon blue butterflies, inextricably linked to the marsh gentians. …
In The Netherlands … [marsh gentians] have much declined, and are on the red list of threatened species.
The Oude Buisse Heide is now a nature reserve thanks to Henriëtte Roland Holst (1869-1952).
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