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Logo - World Heritage Beech Forests
Unesco - We are Europe's Wilderness - Ancient and Primeval Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Unesco - We are Europe's Wilderness - Ancient and Primeval Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Sonian Forest

The component part is situated on a plateau between the Zenne and Dijle rivers. Even though only 10 kilometres from Brussels, this is a unique Atlantic beech forest in Western Europe. It impresses with its numerous over 180-year-old beeches and plenty of dead wood. As a result, the biodiversity of the forest is high. Almost 600 species of beetle live here, among them many rare species typical for primeval forests.

Profile

  • UNESCO recognition: 2017
  • Protected area: Forest Reserves
  • Beech forest region: Atlantic
  • Area: 269.31 ha
  • Number of component parts: 5
  • Altitudinal range: planar (65 – 130 m above sea level)
  • Fauna: Bechstein’s bat, Middle spotted woodpecker, Stag beetle
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    The largest Belgian World Heritage component part, "Forest Reserve Joseph Zwaenepoel" © Diego Michiels
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    Common bluebells © Dries Desloover
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    Autumn in the Sonian Forest © Yves Adams
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    Sonian Forest with Brussels skyline in the background © Yves Adams
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    Structurally-rich landscape in the Sonian Forest © Yves Adams

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