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The Vijlenerbos is a 650-hectare forest and nature reserve near the town of Vijlen. A nice area for walking and rich in forest birds.
The Vijlenerbos is a forest area that extends over a length of about 8 km between Epen and the Drielandenpunt near Vaals. The forest borders Belgium for about 5 km and Germany for about 1 km. The forests consist of a quarter of coniferous forest and the rest of deciduous forest. Pic mar lives in the areas with older oak trees. Roitelet triple-bandeau is bound to medium to old coniferous forests. Bec-croisé des sapins and Tarin des aulnes breed regularly in these forests, as is Gros-bec casse-noyaux. In the open oak-birch forests, Pouillot siffleur is a regular guest. Pic épeichette, Mésange nonnette, Sittelle torchepot and Pic épeiche live in the old, varied parts of the deciduous forest. An inconspicuous species is the Bécasse des bois. Among the birds of prey, Bondrée apivore, Autour des palombes and Épervier d'Europe can be found in the Vijlenerbos. Occasionally Faucon hobereau breeds in the area. Chouette hulotte is a common species in the forest. Coucou gris and Loriot d'Europe also occur in low numbers. On the edges sometimes Pie-grièche écorcheur can be seen.
Well-known starting points for a walk through the Vijlenerbos are the parking lot at the forest cafe Het Hijgende Hert (see the P on the map) and the parking lot Zevenwegen. Or the Groeneweg Vijlen. There are many trails you can walk. The route shown on the map is 10,5 km. It's divided in two loops of 5 km. But there are countless other possibilities for hiking.