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Biesbosch Bezoekerscentrum

Name of organisation:State Forest Service

Funding support:

Number of staff:2

Number of visitors per year:40.000

Overall aims of the centre

Awareness from visitors for freshwater tidal areas and for the Biesbosch National Park in particular.

Description of the centre

Size of site, types of habitats and species supported, activities run, exhibits, numbers of visitors per year, location of the site.      Biesbosch National Park, approximately 10.000 hectare, freshwater tidal area, willow woods, haylands, creeks, reedbeds, rivers. The last 20 – 25 years a lot of arable land is transformed into wetlands and high water, floodplains. Since 2012 we have breeding white-tailed eagle, osprey, little white egret, spoonbill, Eurasian Bitterns, goshawk, cetti’s warbler. Since 1988 we have introduced the European beaver. At this moment we have some 300-350 beavers.

Main CEPA work areas

What types of work are you doing around communication, education, participation and awareness-raising?      Guided walks, boat trips, nature development, beaver project, we also run a school boat-programme, every fortnight writing nature columns in a local newspaper, excursions, keeping contacts with other stakeholders and entrepeneurs. We give on a quite regular basis interviews tot the press. Guiding from delegations from all over the world, who are particular interest in watermanagement, high water level reductions.    

Top three successes

What activities/projects have worked well and why?      Acceptance for re-introduction European Beavers since 1988. Giving a lot of attention to nature development and succesfull breeding of big raptors like white tailed eagle and osprey.  

Top three challenges

Can others learn from your less successful projects and how?      We are trying to get schoolkids into the Biesbosch NP, but in relation to the costs it is not an easy task.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning. 

Website address:

 www.staatsbosbeheer.nl

Other Information:

Name, address, e-mail, phone / fax / skype      Biesbosch Bezoekerscentrum, Biesboschweg 4, 4924 BB Drimmelen,Noord-Brabant, phone 0162 682 233. E-mail: SBBbiesbosch@staatsbosbeheer.nl  

Latitude / longitude:Lat 51.709401 Long 4.810800 (see http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/ )

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