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Nederland - Fochteloërveen

At the end of the last Ice Age - about 10 000 years ago - an expansive area of peat bogs covered a big piece of the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and even a piece of Germany. From the late Middle Ages of, the peat was excavated and transported with ships to the cities in the western part of the Netherlands and was used as heating on a small scale. Large-scale land clearance for agriculture between 1600 and 1900 fundamentally changed the character of the region.

The rugged peat moor of Fochteloërveen (3.000 ha) and a few smaller cores was all that was left. The peat degraded and turned into earth after the peat bog was drained for tree-planting and farming. Like all Dutch peat areas the quality of the habitats, especially of active raised bog, was impoverished severely during the last decades. Now the raised bog area is one of the few bogs in the Netherlands where living peat can be found and it is even growing again.

Since 1999 the hydrological conditions of the most species rich peat area of the peat bog were improved by an ingenious system of dams. It was a great surprise that, starting in 2001, cranes were breeding in this area. They were the first breeding cranes in the Netherlands since the 18th century. Nowadays also the number of non-breeding cranes in summer is increasing.

The nature reserve has a couple of walking and cycling paths and a lookout tower with breathtaking views over the area. It is owned and managed by Natuurmonumenten, a Dutch society for nature conservation.
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90 comments

Ewald said:

Tolle Naturbilder!!!
8 days ago ( translate )

J. Gafarot said:

Good composition and excellent note, Jaap.
As usual.
Thank you
8 days ago ( translate )

Maria W. said:

En Nederlando estas belege!!! Bonan semajnon Jaap:)))
8 days ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

The filigree branches look so good in this well framed picture Jaap. Great PiP's and information too. Happy Monday :-)
8 days ago

Philippe said:

Très intéressant ! o)
8 days ago

Peter Castell said:

A lovely composition with the tree and landscape providing band of colour and texture, and of course lots of wonderful information
8 days ago

Baby said:

Very impressing !! Have a lovely week ahead :)
8 days ago

Walter 7.8.1956 said:

Wonderful !!!
8 days ago ( translate )

Malik Raoulda said:

Magnifique et bien rendu ..Les notes sont remarquables.
Bonne semaine.
8 days ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

excellentes prises****************
8 days ago ( translate )

Hansruedi Voegele said:

Sehr schöne Aufnahmen!
8 days ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

wonderful photos

Happy week:)
8 days ago

Chriss said:

quelle bonne idée cette image à travers les branches!!!!!
8 days ago ( translate )

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbe paysage qui ressemble à nos Fagnes !
Have a nice week
8 days ago ( translate )

•●•Line, said:

une trés belle photo!

Bonne semaine à vous!
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