European Diploma for Protected Areas:
Awarded Areas in the Netherlands
Boschplaat Nature Reserve
Terschelling is the middle island of the five inhabited Wadden Sea islands. It is 30 km long and 3-4 km across.
Although part of its western half is developed for tourism, the eastern third- De Boschplaat- is an uninhabited
Staatsbosbeheer Region Fryslân
P.O. Box 1726
NL-8901 CA Leeuwarden
Weeribben Nature Reserve
The present landscape of De Weerribben originated from the extraction of peat. Now it is a significant region
because of the various stages in the natural development from open water to carr woodland. The region has a wide
diversity of environments varying from open water, reed land, hayfields and carr woodland. Each environment with
its own specific type of vegetation: a suitable habitat for a wide variety of wildlife: mammals, birds and insects.
Water is the dominating element in the reserve. All prevailing plant communities and associated wildlife are related
to the abundant presence of water.
NL - 3970 BH Driebergen
"De Oostvaardersplassen" Nature Reserve
The nature reserve "De Oostvaardersplassen" is an extensive marshland area with large landscape variations: from reed
marshes to swamp forests and from grasslands to open water. The area is of a great importance to all birdlife. Both,
breeding birds, migratory birds and wintering birds are observed. The natural site is situated in the newest polder
of the Ijsselmeer area, Zuidelijk Flevoland, in the middle of what was once the Zuiderzee. The site lies about four
metres below sea level. Since the first reclamation activities, the area has undergone a natural development. The land
was never cultivated for agricultural or urban purposes as the rest of Zuidelijk Flevoland. A varied plant life, showing
all the signs of a pioneer vegetation, developed on the clayey former seabed, now wholly or partially free of water.
The variegation of open water and covered higher ground attract all sorts of vegetation and thus also all sorts of birds
and other animals. Most remarkable is the large number of breeding birds in spring and summer, and moulting and wintering
birds in autumn and winter. The area is internationally acclaimed as "Wetland" and also as "Special Protected Area"
(EC Bird Directive). Special facilities for the public have been constructed in the eastern part of the area, for example
bird observation huts, signposted walking trails, observation sites and a visitors centre.
NL-3970 BH Driebergen
Naardermeer Nature Reserve
Naardermeer is a marshland region of 1,080 hectares in the centre of the Netherlands. The region derives its greatest
value from the fact that various rare breeding birds and migrating birds that can be found there as well as the rich
variety of types of vegetation which are characteristic of a marshland area that is fed with seepage. Naardermeer
forms part of the Vechtplassen region, which consists of various lakes and marshes for which it functions as a
core zone. The nature reserve is bounded in the West, North and East by motorways, railways and cities.
Cooperation with the authorities and other institutions is well developed to guarantee and to improve the quality
of the area.