The Lepelaarplassen, part of the Nieuw Land National Park, is an example of pioneer nature. The region was created in 1968 when the Zuidelijk Flevoland was drained and designated as a nature reserve in 1971. It is a nature reserve with ponds, reed beds and wet grasslands and a paradise for waterfowl and marsh birds. It’s also great for walking and cycling.
Just like in 2020
Not one but two young white-tailed eaglets were hatched last year in the Lepelaarplassen. It was the third successful nest in succession. White-tailed eagles are top predators in their food chain. That they are doing so well in the Lepelaarplassen is a sign that the area is ecologically healthy. Are you going to try spotting the white-tailed eagles? Take along a pair of binoculars because white-tailed eagles avoid people and can primarily be seen in the distance.
No two days are alike!
Large numbers of birds come to the Lepelaarplassen to build nests and raise their young. In trenches, ditches and pools, there are stickelbacks, frogs and large water insects: it is a favoured hunting ground for the great egret, grey heron, spoonbill and Eurasian bittern. Trees with gnawing marks reveal the presence of beavers. No two days are alike!Observation huts
“ There is something to experience here all year round ”
Grab your binoculars!
There are various observation huts dotting the cycle path circling the Lepelaarplassen reserve, which offer excellent views out over the area.Have a look at the various observation huts