Gelderland (a province of the Netherlands) knows 15 Natura 2000 area's. In my daily job, I've got a lot to do with these areas. Natura 2000 forms the core of the European nature network and are assigned as such because of their high natural values. To challenge myself I created my own assignment to portrait the Natura 2000 areas of Gelderland. With this challenge, I should take in account that:
For each area, I make 5 photos that tell the story of the specific area. These photos may change during the year.
All photos should be taken within Gelderland. This implies that although some of the area’s lie within one or more provinces I can only use the photos made within the province of Gelderland.
Down below you will find the result up to now.
Arkemheen originally is a delta where small brooks from the Veluwe and Utrechtse heuvelrug ran into the former Zuiderzee. When you look closely you can still see the remains of these brooks. After the Zuiderzee shut off from the Waddenzee, Arkemheen became a freshwater delta. During this time the agricultural use became more intensive and due to impoldering groundwater levels dropped. The polders nowadays are valuable for many birds like meadow birds and bewick’s swans.
At the banks of the Boven-Slinge near Winterswijk lays the forest Bekendelle. Bekendelle is to Dutch standards unique because of its complete gradient of alluvial forests. Due this complete gradient you can find many species bound to this environment.
Lingedijk & Diefdijk
Loevestein, Pompveld & Kornsche Boezem
The Veluwe is a large natural area in the centre of the Netherlands. The origin of its present appearance goes back until the second last ice age where large ice sheets pushed the surface upwards into hills. The Veluwe consists out large tracts of forest, moor, inland dunes etc most of them formed by human exploitation of the lands for historical agriculture purposes. The Veluwe is home to many species like red deer, wild boar, black woodpecker and many more.