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Nature Reserve Oostvaardersplassen,

The "Oostvaardersplassen" is one of the prime birding areas in Europe. It is only 40 km east of Amsterdam, so perfect to combine with a visit to the capital of the Netherlands.

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The 5600 ha Oostvaardersplassen is a eutrophic wetland in the central part of the Netherlands, situated in the polder Zuid Flevoland, which was reclaimed in 1968. The marsh zone in this nature reserve takes up 3700 ha, the terrestrial part 1900 ha. Soil fertility is high. Since its reclamation from the freshwater lake IJsselmeer, the vegetation of the Oostvaardersplassen has rapidly developed by natural succession. Concurrently, the area became an internationally important wetland for migrating water birds such as waders and geese.
Specialties:
Eurasian Spoonbill,
Bearded Tit,
Smew,
Goosander,
White-Tailed Eagle,
Bluethroat,
Marsh Harrier,
amazing variety of warblers, waders and waterfowl.

This picture of a Bluethroat was taken by one of our clients during a daytour in the Oostvaardersplassen.
(wildlife and landscape photography Bas Meelker)

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Picture: Staatsbosbeheer / Ruben Smit

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