A rugged nature reserve with sand drifts and wet heath, where you can now see many Scots pines. Fens were drained and grasslands were created where the areas were too wet. In the varied nature of the Chaamse Bossen, plants grow that thrive on relatively acidic soil, and floral herbs and grass-like plants are scattered here and there between the trees. Many different bird species can be found in the treetops: the yellowhammer, the nightjar, the woodlark, the collared redstart and the tree pipit are just a few of the many songbirds that live in the area. Birds of prey also feel at home here. Buzzard, sparrow hawk, hawk, kestrel and honey buzzard prey over the grassy plains inhabited by teal, tufted duck and black-tailed grebe. The pinniped and the alpine newts also look for the moist soil, but deer prefer to stay hidden: they graze between the trees. The adjacent St. Annabos is part of the Ulvenhoutse forests and was created in the sixteenth century. The forest was managed for hunting and, like the Mastbos, for timber production. Both forests are particularly valuable and can be seen as natural museum pieces. Between the age-old trees you will find impressive avenues, beautiful vistas and lovely pools. But this tour, which starts at the Zewindow near the Paters in Meersel, also has cultural-historical values. You will pass the Fusillade Monument Breda, which consists of a stone on which a plaque is attached. It reads that eleven resistance fighters were shot close to the monument. Their names are engraved on the plaque. The historic estate of Bouvigne will undoubtedly also impress you. This beautiful summer residence of prominent nobles of the past consists of a fairytale castle that is surrounded by three special gardens and an orchard. The estate dates back to the fifteenth century and the gardens are well worth a visit. Beautifully laid out you will find designs from France, England and Germany. The orchard has also been restored and has been artfully laid out. Back at De Zewinde"Bij De Paters\\\", the cozy tarverne in Meersel-Dreef, you can order the tastiest sandwiches and invigorating drinks. It is nice to have something to eat before departure, but after the effort of the bike ride it is absolutely wonderful to relax on the terrace. Children can enjoy themselves in the playground, while you enjoy a delicious home-brewed beer from the local brewer Den Drevenier.
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