The singular appeal of the Teverener Heide stems from the variation of wet and dry areas, and closed and open landscapes. Since 1977 the inland dunes and the heather marshes have been under protection. Today, the nature reserve encompasses 450 hectare, and with its unique habitats has contributed since 2001 towards the European network “Natura 2000”.
In the Teverener Heide man and nature have long-standing, mutual historical ties. The characteristic pine woods, the open heather spaces, and the lakes and ponds evolved after humans had deforested the area and used it for forestry, as sheep pasturages, and for mining gravel. Over the years a landscape has emerged that offers an interesting natural environment. Only the valuable heather moors made their very own, natural way right from the start.