Monitoring of species diversity and vegetation development in strict forest reserves as important reference tools for nature-based forest management


Introduction : Since 1993, the new forest legislation in Flanders provides a dynamic strategy for the implementation of forest reserves. Besides their nature conservation value, they are mainly conceived for the study of spontanuous forest dynamics.

Objectives : follow-up of the overall development of the total reserve (species composition, successional stages,...) better insight in the ecological processes of spontanuous dynamics better understanding of the relations between stand development, fauna and ground flora.

Method : The monitoring is based on a combination of a grid of nested circular plots and a core area of about 1 ha. All plots are permanently marked and remeasured every 10 years. The methodology is compatible both with methodologies for monitoring of strict reserves in the surrounding countries, and the methodology of the flemish forest inventory, thus allowing future comparisons. Next to the monitoring programme, standardised inventories of fungi and fauna will be stimulated, in order to obtain better insight in correlations between stand dynamics and population dynamics of animal and fungal communities.

Results : As the programme only started recently, only few results are existing. However the possibilities of the method are illustrated through a number of examples.


forest ecology, monitoring species diversity, monitoring vegetation development, forest reserves, nature-based forest management, Ecology, Land cover and habitat mapping , GIS, Forests, terrestrial, floristics, faunistics, forestry, Belgium, Flanders


Name Role Start End
Baeté, Hans member 2000-05-01


Name Role Start End
Bosecologie en bosbehandeling unknown

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