Where there was once a polder, there is now new nature, with the Oostvaardersplassen, the Marker Wadden, the Lepelaarsplassen and the Markermeer as the core. A true paradise for many species of birds - you will definitely need those binoculars.
In 1968 the Flevopolder was drained and meadows, villages and towns were built in its place. However, a large, wet part also remained unused. Instead of an industrial area, a swamp was created on that spot, with pools, reed beds and willow forests. Nature, with all her flora and fauna, seized her chance. Geese, spoonbills and cormorants soon found their way to the Oostvaardersplassen, as did deer, foxes, hares, bats and butterflies. And since 2006, even the white-tailed eagle nests there. In this bird-rich swamp area, people and nature work together in a special way. You will encounter Heck cattle, Konik horses and red deer along the way. They keep the grasslands open in a natural way with their grazing. And they in turn demand care and management.
Discover this bird-rich wetland and experience how each season has its own dynamics and surprising developments. There are plenty of lookout points and bird hides along the way, which are well signposted.
The route is clockwise (clockwise). With a southwesterly wind (the wind that occurs most often in the Netherlands, clockwise is also best. With other winds, you can consider cycling the route the other way around. The Oostvaardersdijk is the longest and bareest part of the route.
Cycle 3D with the forester
Forest ranger Jody Bennink of Staatsbosbeheer has made a podcast, which gives you extra information while cycling. The podcast is part of 'Eropuit met de boswachter' by ANWB and was produced by PodWorkz.
Link podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/nl/podcast/eropuit-met-de-boswachter/id1572350230