Field Trips

Excursion 1: A visit to the Mount Saint Peter nature area near Maastricht

We will pay a visit to the “Mount” Saint Peter area that is located south of Maastricht.  Although considered a “mountain” by the Dutch, it is actually a plateau between the river Geer to the west and the Meuse to the east. It stretches from the south of Maastricht up into Belgium. The plateau consists of limestone that has been quarried up until 2018. Therefore a large “cave” system is present underground. Many old buildings in and around Maastricht are built by this limestone. During the excursion, an open quarry will be visited that is currently transformed into a nature area.

The plateau is now a Natura 2000 protected area and is managed by the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Nature Monuments “Natuurmonumenten”. The calcareous soil and the specific microclimate make this plateau (for Dutch standards) exceptional in its botanical variety.

The distance of the hike will be between 8 and 10 kilometers. You will visit beautiful scenery and you’ll have fantastic views over the surrounding areas. If possible we will try to identify any mushrooms that we encounter along the route. This route goes up and down and is therefore not suitable for people with mobility problems.

This excursion is organized by the Dutch Mycological Society.

Important information:

  • Date: Sunday August 11th
  • Pre-registration is required due to limited availability – you should add the field trip to your registration package when you register for the Congress
  • The group will be accompanied by local guides
  • Transportation from and to Maastricht is included
  • Lunch Box is included
  • Participants will be back on time in Maastricht to attend the opening ceremony
  • Cost per person is 75 euros
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Excursion 2: A visit to the Savelsbos forest and its prehistoric flint mines

We will pay a visit the “Savelsbos”, a forest that is situated on the hills that are carved out by the Meuse River in the south of Maastricht. The excursion will start at the small village of Rijkholt (Gronsveld) which is located approximately 10 kilometers south of Maastricht. The forest is a Nature 2000 protected nature area and is managed by the Dutch government organization of forestry called “Staatsbosbeheer”.

The “Savelsbos” is a deciduous forest of the oak-hornbeam type forest. Due to the large difference in altitude, substrate and microclimate, it consists of a wide variety of forest types. The relatively steep slopes of the plateau are intersected by depressions that have been carved out by the rain and melt water that flows from the plateaus. In Dutch these depressions are called “grubben”. One of these depressions called: “Schone grub” is also a forest reserve.

In prehistoric times, flint was mined in this area. This flint was used for producing several tools, for example, axes and hoes. During this excursion, we will also visit these prehistoric flint mines and you will get an insight into the work of the prehistoric flint miners.

The distance of the hike through the forest will be approximately between 8 and 10 kilometers. If possible we will try to identify any mushrooms that we encounter along the route. This route goes up and down and is therefore not suitable for people with mobility problems.

This excursion is organized by the Dutch Mycological Society.

Important information:

  • Date: Sunday August 11th
  • Pre-registration is required due to limited availability – you should add the field trip to your registration package when you register for the Congress
  • The group will be accompanied by local guides
  • Transportation from and to Maastricht is included
  • Lunch Box is included
  • Participants will be back on time in Maastricht to attend the opening ceremony
  • Cost per person is 75 euros
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Excursion 3: A mycological excursion to the forest near Vijlen combined with a short visit to the Three-Country point in Vaals

We will visit the “Vijlenerbossen”, near Vijlen (approximately 25 kilometers from Maastricht). It is a dense forest area that stretches from the Netherlands into Germany. The area that we will visit is located close to the border of Belgium. The forest is located on the plateau of Vijlen. This is actually the highest plateau in the Netherlands. The highest point of this plateau is called the “Vaals mountain” and reaches  (for Dutch standards…) an “impressive” 323 meters. The forest is a Nature 2000 protected nature area and is managed by the Dutch government organization of forestry called “Staatsbosbeheer”.

At this plateau, the soil is relatively acidic and nutrient-poor. The forest consists mostly of deciduous trees, but coniferous trees are also present. The humidity of several parts of this forest is usually relatively high, therefore we assume that it could be an interesting location to search for (mycorrhizal) mushrooms in summer. An example of a mycorrhizal mushroom that is found in this area is the Amethyst chanterelle (Cantharellus amethysteus). In the Netherlands, this species is almost exclusively found in this forest area. There is also a substantial amount of dead wood present and therefore we can search for wood-inhabiting fungi too. After visiting the forest we will pay a short visit to the Three-Country Point in Vaals.

This route goes over unpaved paths in relatively flat terrain. We expect that the total route will be approximately 5 kilometers by foot (depending on the amount of mushrooms that are found).

This excursion is organized by the Dutch Mycological Society.

Important information:

  • Date: Sunday August 11th
  • Pre-registration is required due to limited availability – you should add the field trip to your registration package when you register for the Congress
  • The group will be accompanied by local guides
  • Transportation from and to Maastricht is included
  • Lunch Box is included
  • Participants will be back on time in Maastricht to attend the opening ceremony
  • Cost per person is 75 euros
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Excursion 4: Field trip to the Jongenbos nature reserve in Belgium

In Belgium, in the province of Limburg, in the open landscape of Haspengouw, lies a green oasis, the Jongenbos forest. With a core of over one hundred hectares and still growing, it is one of the few places in this agricultural landscape where nature is still allowed to run its course. The forest lies on the transition zone between the sandy Kempen and the loamy Haspengouw, and is exceptionally rich in fungi, plants and animals.

The area is interesting for saprotrophic fungi on the one hand, due to the large amount of dead wood that is allowed to remain. There is a lot of dead beech, oak, and poplar, especially Populus canescens. In addition, it is one of our hot spots for ectomycorrhizal fungi. It has one of the richest fungas of Russula in Flanders, with particularly rare species such as Russula sublevispora, Russula rubrocarminea (all color forms such as yellow, red, green, purple, and transitional colors), Russula acetolens, and Russula roseicolor that can be seen regularly in some years. In addition to the trees mentioned earlier, there is a lot of hornbeam, hazel, willow, and birch. There are also two plots of Scots pine.

This excursion is organized by the Flemish Mycological Society.

Important information:

  • Date: Sunday August 11th
  • Pre-registration is required due to limited availability – you should add the field trip to your registration package when you register for the Congress
  • The group will be accompanied by local guides
  • Transportation from and to Maastricht is included
  • Lunch Box is included
  • Participants will be back on time in Maastricht to attend the opening ceremony
  • Cost per person is 75 euros
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Important Information for All Field Trips:

  • They take place on Sunday August 11th
  • Maximum number of participants: 40
  • At least 2 guides will be available per excursion
  • Transport by bus will be arranged – precise starting time and location will be communicated later
  • Participants will be back on time in Maastricht to attend the opening ceremony
  • Participants receive a lunch box to eat in the field
  • Cost per person is 75 euros
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