Flowering season 20182020-12-25T16:01:13+01:00

Flowering season 2018

info: in the southwestern part of the forest, called ‘Keldergat’, trees have been felled this year (wood extraction). Trunks and crowns are lying in various places in that part of the forest and there are piles of firewood along the trails. From 1 March to 30 June however, the wood extraction stops (“schoon” time) and the loggers are not allowed to continue their work. “Schoon” time comes from the German “Schonen” meaning ‘save’, ‘protect’. The “schoon” period helps to protect the vegetation (spring flowers), to ‘save’ and not to disturb the nesting birds.

Permission for commercial or professional photo shoots, with or without models, or film recordings must be requested via the box office. In the Hallerbos you must always stay on the paths, also when taking pictures and filming. The soil and vegetation are fragile and very sensitive to trampling. The use of drones is not allowed in the forest.

1104, 2018

April 11th, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on April 11th

It is a rare sight to see the wood anemones flower as beautifully as they do now. The wood, on a sunny spring day, is magnificent. Every day there are more flowering wild bluebells. In the warmer areas of the wood, a hint of purple-blue appears above the deep green bluebells’ leaves. We will not yet see the bluebells at their flowering peak this weekend, but every sunny day is a wonderful spring event. From this weekend onwards, the special traffic arrangement starts, with the free shuttle bus. The Vlasmarktdreef is closed, except for the shuttle bus, for buses and drivers who have an identity document for the disabled. More information. If you prefer to enjoy spring in the wood in a quiet way, come on weekdays. The late afternoon is also a nice time to walk in the wood.

904, 2018

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on April 9th

The wood anemones are in full bloom now. Their white petals, yearning for the sunlight, give a wonderful spring atmosphere. Hidden between the wood anemones, dwarf periwinkle has been flowering for some weeks. The fragile, rare belgian gagea is a magnificent spring flower, which forms an exceptional amount of flowers this year. The first wild bluebells attract some curious insects. It will take some time before the bluebells turn the wood into a purple blue sea of flowers. The nuthatch keeps renovating its nest. Yesterday, the first chiffchaff’s call was heard in the wood.

604, 2018

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on April 6th

A first wonderful, warm spring day. Wild daffodils keep flowering. The yellow stars of lesser celandine enjoy the pleasure of the sun. The less conspicuous moschatel with is die-like shape is ready to bloom. Wood anemone is the most conspicuous spring flower of the moment, on sunny day they form a white sea of flowers in the wood. Here and there the first bluebell flowers appear. But it will take some more days before we get to see more of them. A nuthatch is renovating a former woodpeckers’ nest. The birds that are heard or seen most now are: great titblue tit, chaffinch, green woodpecker (its laughing song), song thrush (especially in the morning), great spotted woodpecker, robin and of course  nuthatch.

304, 2018

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on April 3th

The daffodils that started flowering first, start to wither now; but many other ‘Easter flowers’ are still flowering. The leaves of the low sycamore maple begin to unfurl. Just like the common brimstone, the peacock butterfly comes and indulges in the willow catkins. Wood anemones cover great parts of the forest with their white flower carpet. They will be the most conspicuous spring flowers for the next ten days when the sun is shining. Along the paths, the yellow stars of lesser celandine absorb the sun. The bluebells need some warmer days to start flowering. The forest will not turn purple-blue until the second half of the Easter holidays.

3003, 2018

March 30th, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on March 30th

It is worth the while to come to the forest on any sunny day, to enjoy the awakening spring. The wild daffodils are in bloom. More flowering wood anemones emerge every day. The bluebells still need some warm days to start to flower. In the edges of the wood, colstfoot, blackthorn, cornelian cherry and willow are starting to blossom. The pollen of the male willow catkins are an ideal food source for common brimstone and bumblebees.

2903, 2018

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Flowering season 2018|Comments Off on March 29th

The wild daffodils are now fully in bloom. Along the edges of the paths, we see he yellow stars of lesser celandine. When the sun appears, some tiny white carpets of wood anemones can be seen. But a lot of plants still have to start their bloom. The leaves of the wild bluebells turn the forest floor green; a few flower buds are appearing on some places. Nothing is growing, though, where last year’s photograpers who did not keep to the paths, stood between and on the flowers. Those are now flowerless spots only covered in dead beech leaves. It will be one more week before the wood anemones are in full bloom. You need some more patience for the bluebells, they will probably reach their peak in the second half of April.

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