Visbeekvallei (BE)

VISBEEKVALLEI

Visbeek

Beschrijving

LOCATION + COORDINATES

Berzegem, Lille (B)

Moorland pool restoration: 51°17'25.4"N 4°49'32.1"E (Google Maps: 51.290389, 4.825583)

Moorland pool restoration: 51°16'38.6"N 4°49'07.5"E (Google Maps: 51.277389, 4.818750)

Moorland pool restoration: 51°16'34.3"N 4°48'27.5"E (Google Maps: 51.276194, 4.807639)

Moorland pool restoration: 51°14'35.0"N 4°47'26.4"E (Google Maps: 51.243056, 4.790667)

CATEGORY

Demonstration sites for temporal natural water retention

DESCRIPTION SITE

The Visbeekvallei, a reserve of 180 ha, is part of the European Natura 2000 network of protected areas. The Alder carrs, natural grasslands, moorland pools, heathland (including old relicts) and pine plantations included, lie within catchment of the river Nete. Surrounding intensively drained farmlands, pine plantations and urban areas limit the capacity for water retention and infiltration. To maximise the water retention and infiltration capacity of the Visbeekvallei, Natuurpunt will transform approximately 2 ha of previously drained farmland to temporal moorland pools. This will help counter both droughts and floods in the area. The restored moorland pools will store more water and allow slow release of the water to the underground throughout the year. Moreover, the measure will increase the self-purification capacity and store carbon in the soil. Similar conversions in the Visbeekvallei have already proven successful, resulting in increased infiltration upstream.

MEASURES

Restoration of 0,5 mesotrophic water by excavating nutrient rich topsoil

Timing

2019 - 2022

Budget

€ 609 676 in TOTAL for Heiberg, Visbeek, Den Rooy and Griesbroek investment sites

Partners

Natuurpunt

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