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Netherlands, Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve
2013

The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is one of Europe's rare examples of 'rewilding' project.

Located bellow sea level and protected by dykes, the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve spreads over 56 square metres, in the west of the Flevoland Province, in the Netherlands.
The history of this area is very new, since the construction of a polder, which dried out the land and made the creation of this reserve possible, only dates back from 1968.

The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is internationally known as an important European dry zone and is a shelter for many birds species. In order to avoid birds’ disappearance, its “wet” zone is maintained by the presence of disappeared mammals of the European river banks due to human intervention. Aurochs and wild Konik horses reinforce the ecologic interest of the area.

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