Enjoy the beautiful Strabrechtse Heide!
Welcome to the Strabrechtse Heide. The Strabrechtse Heide is a nature reserve of approximately 1500 ha. In 2006, the Strabrechtse Heide, together with part of the valley of the Kleine Dommel, was designated a Natura 2000 area under the Natura 2000 area name Strabrechtse Heide & Beuven.
Until the end of the 19th century, the Strabrechtse and Lieropse Heide were part of a large heath area between the valleys of the Kleine Dommel and the Aa. To the north the heath stretched as far as Nuenen, to the south of the Heeze - Someren road the Somerensche Heide ran through to the Weerterbosch and the Groote Peel.
At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the heath north and south of the Strabrechtse Heide was converted into forest or agricultural land. The construction of the A67 separated the Strabrechtse Heide from the forest area between Geldrop and Mierlo. On the dry places is Struikhei and Juniper, on the wet places Dophei, Pijpenstrotjes, Gale and Bell gentian. The grassing of the heath is prevented by grazing by a flock of sheep from the Kempisch heideschaap foundation, by mowing and by sods. The heath is surrounded by forests.