Fantastic place to watch birds and a must see in The Netherlands. The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve (a National Park, aprox. 6,000 hectares) offers various bird hides on the edges and areas open to the public. It has an amazing variety of warblers, waders and waterfowl. The outdoor center is a good starting point for exploring the Oostvaardersplassen. Various hiking, cycling routes and excursions start there. The first place where White-tailed Eagle made his comeback in The Netherlands.
Specialties of the area: Eurasian Spoonbill, Bearded Tit, Smew, Goosander, White-tailed Eagle, Bluethroat, European Marsh Harrier.
The Oostvaardersplassen offers various walking and cycling routes (accesible for young and old). Excursions can be reserved throughout the year. Shown on map is one of the many available walking routes. If you travel by bike (or car), it's possible to visit a lot of different bird hides around this new wilderness.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Lake, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Spring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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. The area became an internationally important wetland for migrating water birds such as waders and geese.
Lepelaarsplassen, Naardermeer, Eemland.