Lemelerberg is a diverse nature reserve with vast heathlands, alternating with sand flats, woodlands and springs. The hill is unique because of the large volume of juniper berries and the sand lizards, amongst others. A herd of sheep prevents grassification of the heath and ensures the area does not become overgrown with trees.

Lemelerberg is a push moraine that was created about 150,000 years ago when glaciers pushed sand and sediment into a ridge in front of them. They left behind a hill of 78 metres in height in otherwise flat surroundings. The soil of Lemelerberg was too dry and too unfertile for farmers to work, so it has always remained in its natural state. A vast heathland was created by farmers grazing their sheep there. Sand flats were formed as a result of overgrazing. Pine trees were then planted to control the drifting sand.

Lemelerberg is such a unique area of natural beauty that it has been designated a Natura 2000 area by the European Commission. The diversity of the area makes it an attractive habitat for the sand lizard, amongst others.

Given the alternating sand flats, heathlands, juniper scrubs and woodlands, Lemelerberg is an absolute must for nature lovers and well worth a visit!

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