Open landscapes

A typical feature of the treeless open landscape is the sandy meagre grass. Patchy pads of grasses and wild herbs, which love a dry environment, dominate the picture, just as we know it from the former Borger gravel pit. Only puritans that are survival experts in this kind of terrain can exist here. Many different and some very rare grasshopper species, butterflies, wild bees, and also breeding birds belong in this class.

Gräser Offenland

Dunes without a beach

A distinctive characteristic of the Teverener Heide are the inland dunes. These are sand dunes that were deposited far off from today's ocean beaches. They emerged towards the end of the ice age when the wide glacial valley of the Maas partially fell dry. Subsequently, winds blew the lighter sand grains out of the riverbanks and deposited the sand to the east. Thus inland sand dunes evolved, which tower up to 5 high meters high in the Teverener Heide.

This is also a zone for the expert colonist such as silver grass which comprises a root system that can reach the deep lying water reservoirs even in dry periods. Additionally its blades and foliage drain dew water and rainwater to the roots. In summer the grass can endure sand temperatures of up to 60°.