Kaaistoep opens for a day: “This is the richest region in the Netherlands, where 9,500 species of plants and animals live” | Tilburg eo

On Sunday I had a party at different venues in Stadsbos013, the focus was mainly on getting to know nature in the area. De Kaaistoep Nature Reserve was also open to the public on this day.

Kaaistoep is located between Gilzerbaan and the A58 and has been a research site for a number of scientists for 25 years. And with success, Wim Klein of KNNV’s Tilburg division, the Society for Field Biology, knows. “This is the richest region in the Netherlands. About 9,500 different species of plants, animals and insects live here.”

On a Sunday afternoon, he took a group with him in search of insects. They receive a brief explanation of how to use the butterfly net (“the landing net catches fish, not insects”). This is no easy feat, experience Karen Hoogendoorn of Tilburg. “It’s tough, but I’ve already hit a caterpillar.” She didn’t know it herself, but Klein and fellow guide Theo Peters know all kinds of bugs. For Hoogendoorn, it’s not just an introduction to insects, but also the area. , I often walk here, but after that you are not allowed to enter the area. We did that today, so we seized that opportunity. It amazes me that it’s so big.”


I didn’t know that many creatures live here. The guides know something about each animal

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Meanwhile, Wim Royce from Tilburg is busy with his network. “The trick is to hit fast and then close. You only have one chance.” He is more interested in amphibians and birds, but the introduction to insects is good. It’s an unknown world to me. I didn’t know that many creatures live here. And guides know something about every animal.”

Wim and Alisa op ten Berg from Tilburg came to the trip more or less by accident. We actually did an early bird ride this morning and saw on the map that there’s also an info point here. We came to see and were able to join the journey.” For them it is an introduction to an unknown territory. We are familiar with Reeshofbos, but other than that we are not at all familiar with Stadsbos013. So today is a great introduction.”

bat walking

In the evening there is a bat picnic in the area. Armed with sound equipment to capture bats inaudible to humans, the group goes out into nature. Evidence shows that a bat calls about ten to fifteen times per second. Marjanke Jager of Tilburg was allowed to borrow one device from the guide. The sounds of animals can be heard with the necessary whistling and whistling: you can see them flying, but I have never heard them. This is very special. ”

Mr and Mrs Schuurmanns of Tilburg are also walking. The lady now knows why the street lamps in De Blaak sometimes light red: “Animals don’t see that light,” says Micha Cillessen. “This means that they can also fly safely there.” Full of admiration, the lady is staring at the sky, looking for bats. Isn’t that so much better than hanging out in front of the TV on a Sunday evening? And that’s in our backyard practically! “

Develop the region together

Rob Vereijken is one of two Expedition leaders at Stadsbos013. “There was no coherence between Tilburg Nature Reserves such as Reeshofbos, Wandelbos and Oude Warande. To achieve this coherence, Stadsbos013 was “established” as an urban regional park around 2016. “The municipality leaves the management to the landowners and working groups to develop the area together. “Tilburgers have to come up with their own ideas. We test these against the conditions. For example, a group of cyclists came up with a desire to create a mountain bike route now.” So far, around 180 initiatives have been submitted. Sometimes borders are in sight, but development is still possible: “as long as we take into account the basic values ​​of the region.”

Walking through Tilburg City Forest Day. © Pix4Profs / Marcel Ottersper

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