Oostvaardersplassen

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Anita J
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Taco was our guide. He provided us with explicit directions to this preserve, met us at the train stop, provided a spotting scope , transportation via personal car to over 5 local habitats & could bird by sight and ear. Easily understood and spoke English.

We quickly were able to see chiffchaffs ,tits, even a Bluethroat & Ouzel. Both my sister and I marveled at the abundance of species presented on this lovely clear day. I think even Taco relished his time birding. His email of sightings identified over 60 birds from grasslands, wetlands and trees from these "low land" countrysides.

I personally am a beginner to birding, but was thrilled at our good luck weather, the bird activity and the challenge to my abilities. My sister marveled at the experience during our first time in the Netherlands. These 4.5 hrs. were a highlight of our 10 day stay . We were saddened to say "goodbye" to this delightful guide and extended an invitation to visit Va. Bch, Va. or/& Tucson, Az.
Written April 29, 2022
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FJLakes
Utrecht, The Netherlands5 contributions
Hi all,

I am planning a day visit to the area for a walk, animal watching and some pictures taking. I am getting in Oostvaarders train station, does anyone know the best way to get in the area from the station. Any suggestions are welcome as routes etc

Cheers
Written January 17, 2015
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Ronald_jelle
The Hague, The Netherlands2,635 contributions
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The Oostvaardersplassen can be entered from two sides, either from Lelystad or from Almere.

On both sides you can walk in some parts and if your lucky you can see quite a few species of birds (depending on the time of year there are more than 50 different species of birds.. even eagles) and some of the other wild animals such as wild horses, deer and other animals.

There are special tours for bird watching and on the Almere side you have a great view from the Oostvaarders centre (there you can also have a drink and eat something) inside you can use binoculars on the third floor of the building (for free) where you can see a large part of this flat swamp.

For those who love nature this is one of the few places in the Netherlands, even in Europe where you can actually see animals run free in a swamp like environment.

Really worth a visit, but do some checking on the websites so you are prepared when it is the best time to visit.

There is no admittance fee and you can walk for hours and have some great views.
Written December 23, 2012
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Arua1999
Lancaster20 contributions
It's a large mud pool with dead trees and thousands of starving animals. Apparently they're not supposed to be fed because they're "wild", but an actual wild animal would be able to migrate to somewhere with grass... like the lush green fields right next door! It's animal abuse, plain and simple.
Written March 4, 2018
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HarTeeuw
Amsterdam, The Netherlands335 contributions
Solo
After all the discussion about this biggest ‘Nature’ area in the Netherlands I wanted to see it for myself.... I actually did a few times... it’s nice to walk there and you do have some nice views very true. The number of animals walking around however is frightening.... way way too many on such a small strip of land ( even though in the Netherlands we consider it being big...) During winter time it must be a nightmare for the animals when food is about zero...birds can migrate to other areas in the Netherlands or even Europe... the poor horses, deer and cows have nowhere to go but to stare over the fence where the grass is greener... it’s now February 2018.... 700 (!!!!!!) animals had to be shot in this zoo to prevent a horrific death...If you go there to see for yourself (like I did) have a good look...
Written February 8, 2018
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Nikelin
Moss, Norway280 contributions
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I went to the park with no big expectations one way or the other and found it quite beautiful. When we met a group of horses however, I noticed that a lot of them looked very thin and underfed. After reading up on this park I learned that the animals were not there from the start, but placed there by humans. They are all herbivores however and the lack of natural enemies have caused the numbers to grow. As a result there is not enough food left for all the animals and several individuals starve to death. Please do not support this park.
Written March 15, 2016
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NigelFR
South West France10 contributions
Couples
TL:DR Not much wildlife to be seen.

The OVP made the headlines in the Winter of 2017/8 because of the protests against the killing of so many deer, horses and cattle. As we were in the area, we decided to see for ourselves.
We arrived at a time when the visitors' center was closed so we decided to just wander around as there are some well maintained paths. Near the beginning of the path there is a sort of map that gives a bit of an overview of the area. It shows a wood which the path leads you through. We were shocked at the state of this wood: it looks like it has been bombed with the dead trees pointing their bareebranches to the sky and lying tumbled on the ground. Here and there were a number of newly planted saplings covered with mesh to protect them from the animals.

We met a couple of locals who pointed us in the direction of a viewing hut that overlooks a lake for water birds. Inside there are some charts which show the two hundred or more species that could be viewed... at least when the hut was built. To our disappointment,the lake was practically empty of birds, although a swallow did come into the hut to tend to its nest.

It was only after we had left the hut that we noticed how bereft of animal life the area was. Normally one would expect to see insects buzzing around or crawling about and hear and see birds. There was nothing but silence as we walked along a path amongst the reeds.

Once we had left the reeds, we headed towards a viewing hut that gives an outlook over the plain where the cattle, horses and deer make their home. Upstairs there is a viewing room with a mounted binoculars so that you can view the animals. With the aid of this we were able to see the deer and cattle far in the distance.

After leaving the hut our return path took us close to a group of twenty or more of the Konik horses. They seemed in reasonable enough condition, although many had scars from wounds. We were surprised to see that the group was mainly stallions with only one or two mares.

There was a light breeze blowing all the time that we were there and although it was a sunny day, we actually started to fell a bit chilled by the time we had completed our tour which took about two hours or so. It was then that we realised that there is hardly any protection from the wind: no hedges or thickets, no clumps of trees, just an open plain. The local people that we had met early had told us how bad the conditions had been last winter, but we had thought that they were exagerating. However, by the end of our walk we could imagine just how desperate the conditions must have been for the animals trapped there.
Written December 30, 2018
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sarahpa62
Brighton, UK20 contributions
Solo
sick and starving animals everywhere - DISGUSTING - do not visit - why isn't somebody doing something about it??
Written May 10, 2018
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USDutchie
The Hague, The Netherlands149 contributions
Family
Wyoming and Montana .....that's nature for Elk Deer, Horses and cows. It is totally ridiculous to have tried to IMITATE a piece of nature that belonged once in Western Europe/Holland in the Middle Ages!! Government .....come to your sences and get rid of ALL these large animals. They do not belong anymore in this culture. Make it a bird sanctuary ........ OR build more homes which Holland desperately needs!
Written November 6, 2018
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Swedenmariao
Jönköping, Sweden1 contribution
Family
Animals walking around like skeletons. Its the most awful place. Its just death! Dont go to this place!
Written July 10, 2018
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