60 ha in the Ardennes Valley has been totally preserved in the heart of the village of Amblève, in the Liège Province. It’s a true natural refuge for meadow birds, and above all a space where unparalleled biodiversity develops.
The public is little aware that the Emmels reserve is, however, an incredible site of crucial importance in terms of preserving fauna and flora. Its terrain forms a natural sponge that slows rising water and absorbs overflows. This feature is very useful to prevent floods upstream. The Netherlands have got it right by financially supporting the reserve to prevent rising water levels in their country. This is the importance of the site and its features. And that’s not all, because these vast open spaces abound with typical flora at threat which has found a refuge here.
In spring, carpets of flowers even turn the valley pink. Arnica, bistort or cowslip have found fertile ground in these meadows to blossom abundantly… Just like the meadow birds, who take advantage to nest on the ground, well hidden in the grass. And of course, you can’t miss them: highland cows take advantage of the flourishing vegetation to graze peacefully. This incredible biodiversity is the wealth of this preserved location, delighting nature lovers. To enjoy it without disturbing its inhabitants, follow the hiking and cycling trails that extend along both sides of the cycling trail. As a bonus, information boards tell you about the fauna and flora.
Copyright pictures: Natagora