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Field Research Centre


Bachelor project

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As a bachelor student you can opt to perform your fieldwork within the national park hoge kempen or its surroundings. Yearly we offer several topics or you can propose your own topic. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to contact the project manager directly.

This academic year students are working on:

The impact of human trampling on the heathland ecosystem in the NPHK.

The wild boar project aims to estimate the population density of wild boars in the Hoge Kempen National Park. Wild boars have been extinct in Flanders since 1800 and only came back to the western side of the Maas in 2006. With their rooting behaviour they are important ecosystem engineers, but also easily become a nuisance to farmers. It is therefore important to know their population size as a guideline for reasonable management. We use infrared cameras to take pictures of the study species in four different habitat types: Heathland, deciduous forest, coniferous forest and shrubs. In a first analysis the number of wild boar encounters per habitat type are being counted, which can give an idea about their habitat preference. In a long term, this data will contribute to a database on which the Random Encounter Model can be used to estimate the population density.

This research aims to determine if the intermediate characteristics in pedunculate oak trees and sessile oak trees are the result of hybridisation or of overlap in variation.