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Created by human activity (sheep, peat winning...) during centuries, the Fangne is now a nature reserve, stretching from East Belgium into the Eifel in Germany.
Without preservation actions, the region would soon be invaded by pioneer trees like birch and alder.
Another menace is fire: although the aerea seems very wet and swampy, grasses and peat are the main inhabitants and catch fire easily during the spring and summer if drought sets in.
Visitors are invited not to leave the boardwalks, not only to preserve the particular plants and insects who live here, but also because of the dangerous nature of the soil. One can easily be caught in swamp pools like the one featured in this picture. Only a few years ago a chap from Holland went astray on a winter afternoon. He has never been heard of since...

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