De Groote Peel National Park
A bird paradise
Every year there are about 200 species of birds flying around in De Groote Peel National Park. The nature reserve is one of the most bird-rich areas of the Netherlands. You can spot bluethroats, stonechats, yellowhammers, nightjars, little grebes, water rails and many other beautiful birds in this area. The pride of De Groote Peel is the majestic crane that often stops over during the long migration in October and November.
The swamps of De Groote Peel are inhabited by many other animals, including deer, weasel, ermine, water vole, polecat and boar. Also for reptiles such as frogs and snakes, De Groote Peel is a great habitat. Finally, many butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers can be observed in the spring and summer.
Walking on the moor
De Groote Peel is and remains a wetland and that means a hiking trip is a special experience. The routes partly traverse log roads and log bridges, and sometimes you will be walking on springy peat soils.
The visitor center de Pelen offers excursions with a guide who takes you through the National Park and explains the natural and cultural history of De Groote Peel. You need to make reservations in advance and indicate whether children will be joining the tour.