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Public walk Stiphout woods with IVN Laarbeek

until 10 December 2023

IVN Laarbeek is holding a public walk through the Stiphout woods in the border area of the municipality of Laarbeek, where the borders of Laarbeek, Helmond-Stiphout and Nuenen meet. The walk starts at Gerwenseweg in Stiphout (car park at sign Witven ).

This area is traditionally a moorland, which over time became increasingly wooded. It used to be mainly a coniferous production forest. Some exotic species of coniferous trees were also planted. In the past, some 29 species of conifers were found there, from all parts of the northern hemisphere. A booklet about this was once published in Nuenen. There are also species of deciduous trees, which are not often seen elsewhere. Thus, in addition to the common pedunculate oak, the much rarer sessile oak can also be seen, and in addition to the rough birch, the downy birch.
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IVN Laarbeek is holding a public walk through the Stiphout woods in the border area of the municipality of Laarbeek, where the borders of Laarbeek, Helmond-Stiphout and Nuenen meet. The walk starts at Gerwenseweg in Stiphout (car park at sign Witven ).

This area is traditionally a moorland, which over time became increasingly wooded. It used to be mainly a coniferous production forest. Some exotic species of coniferous trees were also planted. In the past, some 29 species of conifers were found there, from all parts of the northern hemisphere. A booklet about this was once published in Nuenen. There are also species of deciduous trees, which are not often seen elsewhere. Thus, in addition to the common pedunculate oak, the much rarer sessile oak can also be seen, and in addition to the rough birch, the downy birch.
In recent years, the forest has been given a more natural look by planting native trees and shrubs. Remarkably, the old fens that were in the moorland are still there, such as the Witven, the Wasven, the Kromven, the Kamerven and the Schapengracht. Each fens has its own characteristic appearance. Some include meltwater channels from the last ice age. Here, the fens water is in contact with calcareous water from the subsoil, causing special plant species to grow.
The largest fens is the Kamerven, located in a large plot of heathland. Here one can observe the shrike as a wanderer in winter and the nightjar as a breeding bird in summer. The forest is also home to several species of raptors and woodpeckers, as well as other birds such as woodlark, tree pipit, stonechat and yellowhammer. There are also dozens of roe deer.
Led by some experienced IVN guides, it can be a very fascinating walk in this beautiful border area of Laarbeek.

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Parkeerterrein Witven
Gerwenseweg 5e Bosweg 3
5735CB Stiphout
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