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#1 Herman


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Posted 20 October 2018 - 08:15 AM

An exciting project is currently taking place here in The Netherlands and promises a future abundance of birdlife...


For details see link: https://rewildingeur...island-opening/


Video link: https://youtu.be/3Nt7S1FPEVA


Thought I'd share this info with you to possibly add on your next visit to The Netherlands.



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Posted 20 October 2018 - 12:51 PM

Very nice, Herman. Toronto has a project similar to that that has been extremely successful.  Tommy Thomson Park.  5 kilometers and 250 hectares, it started off as landfill for construction sites.  Sand from dredging the port land areas was also dumped there, that eventually turned into lagoons.


Really, the place was just a neglected dumping site that turned into an accidental wildlife wilderness.  Now, it is protected.  It is a very bleak place to walk, due to the distance and you have to contend with weather.  In the summer, it can be extremely hot, in the winter, on a windy day, it is brutal.  However, all sorts of birds nest there.  It is quite amazing.


Congratulations on a potential new site to visit for nature.  Nice to see it is being done for Nature First.


I have a similar place I used to frequent weekly near my house.  However, developers around the park have completely RUINED IT!  Too many people, too many dogs, cyclists etc frequent the area and although there still are birds and other animal life, it is no longer the same.  

I am glad to hear the Netherlands is actively doing a project like this, kudos to your government!


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Posted 20 October 2018 - 12:55 PM

Thanks for posting this, Herman.


I haven't heard of Re-wilding before this, but it would appear to be an idea whose time has come.  I fully support it.  :)


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Posted 20 October 2018 - 11:41 PM

Great project Herman ...we have the luxury of plenty of wilderness areas set aside... but the ongoing problem is all the introduced predator species that have to be controlled..rats,cats,possums,stoats.... big efforts go into fencing out these predators.

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 03:46 PM

Rewilding.....an interesting term.a great concept. 







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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:31 AM

Nice, it's always nice to be able to get away from everything

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 08:31 AM

Sounds like an excellent program.  (Montezuma NWR) has gone through some rehabilitation.  Marsh was filling in and areas have been dredged recreating open water spaces.  Improvements to the road and additional access points have been created.  There were levees built years ago to control water levels and prevent carp access.  While this was well intended it did restrict natural water flow which cleaned the marsh.  They can now control water and fill different pools at various times to attract a bigger variety of birds, especially waders.  My hope is that the funds continue to be available and not diverted ELSEWHERE.

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