Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code NL940002)
  • Since 1995
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 34 km2 (3400.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Site contact authorities

Manager Staatsbosbeheer / National Forest Service Postbus 1300 NL - 3970 BH Driebergen tel: +37.3404.26111 fax: +31.3404.22978
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General character of the site The present landscape of "De Weerribben" originated from the extraction of peat. Now it is a significant region because of the various stages in the natural development from open water to carr woodland. The region has a wide diversity of environments varying from open water, reedland, hayfields and carr woodland. Each environment with its own specific type of vegetation: a suitable habitat for a wide variety of wildlife: mammals, birds and insects. Water is the dominanting element in the reserve. All prevailing plant communities and associated wildlife are related to the abundant presence of water. 
Quality The richness in environments and the size of the reserve makes it quite unique.The thick stands of reed along the waterfront provide an ideal place of refuge for many bird species that prefer a secluded habitat and breeding ground. 
Documentation Map on scale of 1:200.000 and 1:50.000 with a scetch of the reserve are enclosed.Council of Europe - Application for the European Diploma - (1994), "De Weerribben" Nature Reserve, Strasbourg, 17 p. 
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Geomorphology The landscape of the "Weerribben" has been shaped by man. 
Educational interest The fact that this area is an artifically-shapen nature reserve is interesting for research. 
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URL official http://www.deweerribben.nl/ 
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100