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Good habits of the Sonian Forest

The gates of the Sonian Forest are easily accessible, so make use of them!
To get to the forest without stress, you can take the train, bus or tram. Cycling to the forest is not only fast but also pleasant, try it! If you come by car, you should preferably use the large Park & Ride car parks to reach the forest by public transport. This way you avoid the full car parks at weekends and on sunny days.
Choose the right path for your activity: walking, cycling, horse-riding…
In the Sonian Forest, there are suitable paths for everyone. Every visitor can practice their sport in all safety and comfort. For the safety of other visitors, it is important that horse riders, cyclists and hikers stay on their own path. Barking dogs on a horse track or a pregnant woman with a stroller on a steep mountain bike track are examples of dangerous combinations.
Stay on the paths
If you walk on the soil too often, it gets compressed and hardens. Water and air cannot get to the roots of plants and trees anymore. The roots start rotting and the tree dies. If you leave the path, you also damage vulnerable plant species and disturb forest inhabitants.
Enjoy the forest, but also be respectful of the other visitors
This rule is a good summary of all the other rules. By showing respect for nature and other visitors, every can fully enjoy the forest, now and in generations to come. As a cyclist, slow down your speed, use your bell to attract the attention of other visitors and remember to thank the walkers who move aside for you. As a walker, also be alert when you hear bells ringing.
Always keep your dog on a leash.
If we want the forest to remain a safe place for roe deer, breeding birds and other animals, owners must keep their four-legged friends on a leash everywhere except in the exception zones. This is also appreciated by other forest visitors. Some people are simply afraid of dogs. They too are entitled to a quiet walk in the forest.
Let flowers bloom and mushrooms grow
No matter how small, if you pluck a flower or mushroom, you disturb the natural balance of the forest. Bees look for nectar in the flowers and take care of pollination. Mushrooms degrade dead wood and offer important nutrients to other plant species. And for forest animals such as squirrels, mice and beetles, mushrooms are a nutritious snack.