Oostvaardersplassen

Region

Europe

Country

Netherlands

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

Migratory Birds for People

About

The reserve covers 6000 ha, with a variety of habitats including: marshes, grasslands / grazing by large herbivores and geese. We run many activities such as theme-excursions, exhibitions, GPS-trails, photo-safaris, and have around 45,000 visitors per year. The site is situated in the polder Flevoland (in the middle of the Netherlands).

Funding support: Ministry for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Number of staff: 2.5 (to be increased in 2012)

Description of the centre

The reserve covers 6000 ha, with a variety of habitats including: marshes, grasslands / grazing by large herbivores and geese. We run many activities such as theme-excursions, exhibitions, GPS-trails, photo-safaris, and have around 45,000 visitors per year.

The site is situated in the polder Flevoland (in the middle of the Netherlands).

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Primary schools have programs in the centre, with other (higher education levels) provided by wardens and regional staff. We also run special activities for children. A group of 25 volunteers works regularly on the site.

Top three successes

Cooperation with Vogelbescherming Nederland (Society for the protection of birds NL) and SOVON (Bird research NL) organising the annual “Bird festival”.
School project often followed by visits with parents.

Top three challenges

“Theme -days” attract only few interested people : in general intensive preparations, followed by minor success rate.

Other information

Staatsbosbeheer is preparing the realisation of a new visitor centre which will be opened in 2012. This centre will be the gateway to a spectacular 15,000 hectare nature and recreation area in Flevoland. Information and education are key, as are the collection and exchange of knowledge.

Expertise

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 young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; project planning

Contact

Mrs. Wenda Kloen (manager visitor centre)

Address: Kitsweg 1 (near Knardijk / railway viaduct),

8218 AA Lelystad,

+31-320-254585

w.kloen@staatsbosbeheer.nl

www.staatsbosbeheer.nl

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