The Bargerveen is a 2100 hectare large nature reserve that consists largely of raised bog. The area is characterized by a wide variety of landscapes. Swamp, grassland, heather, forest and water. Bargerveen is one of the largest peat bog remnants in the Netherlands. Here you will find a piece of unearthed high moor, with plant species unique to the Netherlands. The nature reserve consists of 3 sub-areas. In these areas, the peat package has been excavated in various ways, from manual to mechanical. This means you will find all kinds of different habitats. All these different types of nature provide a big variety in birds. Nearly 300 species of birds are found in the area. Of these, 100 to 120 breed annually in the area.
The walking route that is shown on the map is 5 km. The route goes straight through the extensive peat area, heathland, but also along peat puddles with Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe. Among the special birds you can find in the Bargeveen are Short-eared Owl, Red-backed Shrike, White-tailed Eagle, Red Kite, Whinchat, Bluethroat and Common Crane. In winter (November-February) Bargerveen is a stronghold for, among others Great Grey Shrike and Tundra Bean-Goose. But there are many other walks you can do (see the weblinks below).
From Zwolle or Groningen via the A28, at Hoogeveen direction Emmen on the A37 which becomes the N37. Leave the highway at exit Zwartemeer. There are different parkingplaces in the area. Our trail starts from the parking on the Laardijk, from where the walking route shown on the map starts (5 km).
For exploring the area on foot wear good waterproof shoes. Cycling is also a good way to explore this big area. There are also many cycling routes in an around Bargerveen. Bargerveen is part of the larger natural area called Veenland.