Bird paradise, marshy stretches and all of it man-made
The Nieuw Land National Park consists of four areas: Oostvaardersplassen, Lepelaarplassen, Marker Wadden and the Markermeer lake. The 29,000 hectares simply did not exist before the completion of the land reclamation project that created Flevoland. The sea eagle is the chosen icon for this paradise for birds. The marshes also support herds of Heck cattle and Konik horses; nature is an entirely man-made affair here.
East Atlantic Flyway
The Nieuw Land National Park is home to all manner of birds, including some of the most beautiful geese and ducks. The area is also the hunting ground for numerous birds of prey such as buzzards and kestrels. Every year the full gamut of migrating birds flies thousands of kilometres along the East Atlantic Flyway flightpath, with Nieuw Land either as an ultimate destination or as a welcome stopover. A true paradise for birds.
The sea eagle
Back in the Netherlands
The sea eagle has been selected as the Nieuw Land National Park’s icon. Once almost extinct in the Netherlands, it has chosen Nieuw Land for its perfect home and breeding ground. A magnificent sight, this bird of prey with a wingspan at times topping an impressive 2.5 metres is definitely an eagle with an adventurous nature. If you want to spot a sea eagle, head for Nieuw Land.
Herds of Heck cattle
A large part of Nieuw Land consists of marshes or wetlands. Wetlands have a dynamic ecology and diversity. Ideal rough terrain for herds of Heck cattle and Konik horses to breed and graze on.
The former Zuiderzee
Wandering the Nieuw Land National Park you’ll literally find yourself walking on the bottom of the former Zuiderzee, land that would never have existed but for the world’s largest reclamation project: Flevoland. Nieuw Land also expresses the story of the centuries old strife the Dutch have faced with the all-pervasive water. The creation of Marker Wadden appeals directly to the imagination. Without man there wouldn’t have been Nieuw Land; man-made nature if you will.
Subareas - Forming Nieuw Land together
The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is proof-positive that nature will express its innate beauty in the most unexpected places.
The Markermeer lake
The Markermeer lake separates Flevoland’s new coast and the old land of North Holland.
The Zuiderzee project
Flevoland has a rich history. It is the product of the planet’s largest ever land reclamation scheme: the Zuiderzee project. Where once there was only water, there is now an attractive living and recreation region with a rising number of inhabitants.More about Flevoland’s history