Montagne de Sosoye – Listed site

The Montagne de Sosoye is situated on the left slope of Molignée Valley, down from Maredsous Abbey. Overlooking the very picturesque village of Sosoye, this hillside is one of the gems of our natural heritage.

The Montagne de Sosoye has also given its name to the villagers, who are nicknamed Les montagnards.

The remarkable vegetation includes associations of limestone escarpments with stonecrops (Sedum spp.) and silky-spike melic (Melica ciliata), grasslands with common ball flowers (Globularia bisnagarica) and mountain-stone parsley (Seseli libanotis), mesophile grasslands with erect brome (Bromus erectus) and tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum), very rich in orchids and white swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria), a calcicole oak grove and maple grove with hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium). The botanical interest is increased by the presence of many rare plants in Belgium. The entomofauna is also exceptionally diverse (lepidoptera, orthoptera and hymenoptera in particular).

The calcareous grassland has been cleared several times under the supervision of Belgium's Cercles des Naturalistes, measures that are still relevant since the area obtained national nature reserve status. Sheep grazing land was also provided as part of the Life 'Haute-Meuse' programme in 2000–2004.

©Photographs: Mark Rossignol


In practice

Montagne de Sosoye
1 rue Par de la l'eau
5537 Sosoye

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