De Weerribben National Park, Overijssel Province

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De Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a national park in the Steenwijkerland municipality of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands. Comprising the largest bog of northwestern Europe, the park consists of two areas, De Weerribben and De Wieden, and has an area of roughly 100km2. The park was founded in 1882, but De Wieden was added only in 2009.History and former useLarge parts of the area were used for peat production till the Second World War. Since then a part of the area has been used for cane production.Present managementThe area is managed by the large private nature-conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten and by the Staatsbosbeheer (State Forest Service). Other parties are involved in management issues as well, such as local communities. About 1000ha is still used for cane production. Villages like the picturesque Giethoorn are important for tourism and recreation.Vegetation and wildlifeThe vegetation and wildlife are typical for such an area, full of peat and water. Resident species include the water soldier, the sundew, the black tern, the northern pike and, recently, the otter. In addition, the Green Hawker and the Large Copper are found here.
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  • Perfect place to be away from fireworks and new years stress. There are quite a few beautifull cottages for rent over airbnb. We were there in winter but summer must be Absolutely gorgeous.  more »
  • Last weekend we went canoeing in Weerribben with a group of friends. It was an enjoyable trip through cute areas. It wasn't a very wild terrain - at least by the standard of foreigners who are used to...  more »
  • De Weerribben National Park originates from the peat industry in the 19th century. The peat was dug up, creating narrow canals and was laid to dry on the side of those canals. (The "ribben"). When all...  more »