Biesbosch

On the border between the provinces of North Brabant and South Holland lies the Biesbosch National Park. It is one of the largest and most valuable nature reserves in the country, covering an area of 9,000 hectares. It is one of the last remaining areas in Europe with freshwater tides. The area contains large rivers and creaks, marshy woodland, grassland, vegetated strands and grasslands. Flora and fauna is extremely varied and, for birds in particular, the Biesbosch has always played an important role internationally as a resting and nesting ground. The Biesbosch is also famous for beavers, which were successfully re-introduced to the area ten years ago. The beaver population has since grown to almost eighty specimens. Although the Biesbosch is almost exclusively accessible by water only, (there are only a few places with access by land), almost half a million tourists manage to visit each year. Many of these visitors enter the national park via one of the two visitor’s centres or via a touring boat from one of several boat companies. Apart from this it is mostly only people performing watersports who visit the park at their own opportunity.

More information: http://www.biesbosch.org

Text: Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuurbeheer en Visserij