The moors in recovery, walking on De Posbank | ellesvandenbroek

The moors in recovery, walking on De Posbank

August is the month of flowering heather

and early September too!

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It was time to put on the hiking boots, grab the camera bag and leave early for a nice moorland! Okay... I forgot the hiking boots, but luckily I can walk pretty well on my 'regular' shoes.

This time I went to the Posbank, perhaps the most beautiful moorland in the Netherlands. I walked the 5 kilometer Purple Route. Of course I wasn't the only one. Boy, even on a Tuesday morning after the holiday, the area was very busy. Fortunately I was there early, so I met few people during the first half of the walk.

Check out some of my photos in my blog and read information about the moors in the Netherlands!


Heath is the small bushy vegetation of the heather family. Heide is found in the northern Netherlands in the decalcified dune landscapes and along the edges of the high peat areas.

The heather in the interior is not an original nature reserve. Because nutrients have disappeared from the area by grazing, the heather can survive. Without grazing or depleting, a forest area would be created.


Sheep cultivation in the Middle Ages already took care of the large moors and sand sprays.


What a present today! I went to The Posbank and there I met twice the shepherd with his flock and his Border Collies during my walk.


There are roughly two types of heather, dry heather and wet heather.

Of course, besides heather you will also find other plants. In the dry heather areas you will find mainly bushy and curvy smele (a grass species). Lichen is also characteristic of dry moors. In the spring you will also see the Brem bloom and the Jenerverbes grow in this area.

The wet moors really have a completely different plant collection! Mostly the Dophei and Pipe Straw but also the Round Sundew, Wild Gagel and Bellgentian.

Hoogpeat heath is yet another very separate moorland with its own specific plant growth.


You must have noticed it already when you walk in a moorland, it is always just a bit warmer. When the sun shines for a moment it is immediately pleasant, in the summer there really is a huge heat. This is called a microclimate, and the microclimate of the heather allows specific animals to live.

In the dry moors live the sand lizard and the slippery snake.

In the wet moors live the Viper and vivid lizard.

If there are enough damp spots, there are also many amphibians, such as frog, brown frog and backstripe trail. The drought of recent years makes it increasingly difficult for these species to survive.


The hornard predator fly, the bee wolf, trickle wasps, the ant lion, sand bees, dung beetles and all kinds of specific locusts and butterflies are characteristic insects for the moorland.

For example, mammals in the moorland are the Hare, the Rabbit, the Fox and various mice.

With a lot of luck you can spot a grouse on the moors, more likely to spot the following bird species: Nightswallow, the Robin Tooth, the Tree Piper and the Veldlark.

The increase in nitrogen dioxide, swallow dioxide and ammonia is causing an increase in substances in the moors. This leads to acidification of the soil, which causes the heather to decrease. Also due to the dehydration, many moors are grazing. As a result, grasses take the place of the heather species.

Heath often blooms well in years when it has been warm in the summer, and when there is a lot of rain in late summer. In 2018 and 2019 it was very dry and the moors were a large barren plain. In 2020 it was a 'good year' for the moors. It was expected that it would take years longer for the heather to recover a bit again.

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