Hengstven was once a wet area with fens and marshes. In the 1930s, it was drained for agriculture. The Dutch Society for Nature Conservation has since worked with the dune famers to restore the original agricultural landscape. Old fens are again visible and habitable, and heath got the chance to grow again. Hengstven is an important connection between the arid sand landscape of the Loon and Drunen Dunes and the wet marshland of De Brand. Animals and plants have gained a larger habitat and the flora and fauna there has become more varied. Historically, there used to be many partridges and hares here. Nowadays you also come across roe deer and badgers.
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