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Nationaal Park Het Lauwersmeergebied
©: Bauke Folkertsma
In the north-east of Friesland and north-west of Groningen, you will find the beautiful Lauwersmeer area. This area declared a National Park because of its diversity, covers around 5800 hectares and is known as a bird breeding ground. Since the construction of the dam in this area (1969), part of the seabed has been drained, which has provided the ideal breeding ground for a number of birds. For example, you can see Steltkluten, spoonbills, or if you are lucky the bald eagle that has started breeding here in recent years. During the bird migration in spring and autumn, you can even see 30,000 barnacle geese flying over in one day. This makes the Lauwersmeer region very popular among bird and nature lovers. In addition to birds, you can also encounter foxes, Scottish Highlanders, and Konik horses in this beautiful nature reserve. The Lauwersmeer area has an activity center, which is an ideal starting point to explore the area
There are activities and courses for young and old. In addition to all this beautiful nature and animals, you would almost forget that the Lauwersmeer is ideal for water sports. There is often a good wind on the water that makes it perfect for sailing, kite surfing, and windsurfing. There are also a number of beaches accessible where you can relax in the summer. All in all a special place that is worth a vacation or day trip.