Wildlife and Landscapes in the Dutch Dunes, NL

We ended the busy weekend with trying to do our part in the National garden bird count here in the Netherlands.  The largest collection of civil scientific count in the country and we added to the count a big fat zero! That is right after sitting for a half an hour (actually I did for two hours) and waiting. The weather was just so darn bad that the birds in our garden decided to boycott the day entirely.  But, we reported our finding anyway because a big fat zero in birds seen is also a count.

We also looked at and agreed to a new seasonal camping location for our camper for the summer.  This will be a bit more out of pocket than the one from last summer renting from the ice skating club in Oud Albas but this one should provide for some really cool canoe and kayak trips closer to home.  After biting the financial bullet we think this should be a great opportunity for some new experiences.

That was the weekend…

A few weeks ago we wrote a blog about our hiking trips into the Dutch dunes that are close to our house and the wonderful find of the little people village in A Visit to Kabouterdorp, NL.    This week we thought we would highlight some of the wildlife that live in the dunes.

Dutch Dunes at De Zilk

Dutch Dunes at De Zilk

Dune deer

Dune deer

These deer (which are more like the American elk but much smaller) roam in large numbers throughout the dune area around De Zilk.  So much so that the park system has had to go and thin the herd in the last few years due to over grazing and destruction of the natural habitat.  This thinning has produced an outcry from animal rights activist and has made the Dutch news several times.

Unlike most Dutch, I grew up with hunting and still don’t understand why someone would be against thinning out an over crowded herd. After seeing this area first hand, I feel that the deer population numbers are still too high for the area.  This deer population needs to be thinned even more drastically so that the natural habitat in the dunes could be allowed a chance to recover.

Please…no hate emails due to my view on this.

Looking out over the dunes

Looking out over the dunes

raptor

Raptor

Raptor flying over the dunes

Raptor flying over the dunes

Raptor

Deer everywhere

Deer everywhere

Sitting in the grass

Just sitting still

Tree bent to the sea winds

Tree bent to the sea winds

The colors of winter

The colors of winter

This area close to De Zilk is a wonderful hiking area with paved paths to the North Sea.  If you really want to see the deer you need to get off the path and do some backcountry (for lack of a better term) hiking.

 

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