Exotic plants in the oldest and largest nature reserve on our coast

On May 21 a bioblitz will take place in the Westhoekreservaat with the aim of mapping as many exotic plants as possible. Dunes with marram grass alternate here with dune grasslands, moist dune slacks, dune scrub and dune forests. Besides protected top nature, with species such as the natterjack toad and numerous orchid species, many exotic plants such as Oregon grape, black cherry and rugosa rose are found here. The LIFE DUNIAS project will remove these plants to restore the characteristic dune nature. A challenge will encourage participants to enter as many exotic plant species as possible via the ObsIdentify smartphone app. This data will then be used during the DUNIAS project. We will travel through the area in groups and look for invasive plants together (note: this is not a guided walk, an active contribution from the bioblitzers is expected).

Where: Westhoekreservaat De Panne

When: Saturday May 21 

What: Exotic plants in the oldest and biggest nature reserve of our coast.

Organisation: INBO, ANB, Life DUNIAS

Practical: Meet at café Le Perroquet (Duinhoekstraat 174, De Panne). Between 9h and 10h you get coffee and an explanation of the activity. At 10h the bioblitz will start. At the end of the day a snack and a drink will be provided. Bring your own lunch. Participation is only possible through registration. Children are welcome when accompanied by their parents.


Meise Botanic Garden requests all participants to respect the current measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Consult (FPS Health) for more information on these current measures.