Experience Nature - De Onlanden - Mint - Miniature Sheet
Experience Nature - De Onlanden - Mint - Miniature Sheet for only GBP £8.73
De Onlanden is a nature reserve of around 2,500 hectares located near the city of Groningen. The area features rugged hay meadows, marshy woodland and space for storing excess water. De Onlanden emerged as part of a large reconstruction project that was launched in 2008, aiming to improve the region’s agricultural structure, accelerate the construction of nature reserves and realise a large water storage area. De Onlanden nature reserve is still home to one organic farmer. The name De Onlanden refers to an old name in this part of the Netherlands. This name was used for very low, wet ground, far removed from the inhabited world and that was almost unusable for agriculture at the time. Later, however, cattle breeding became possible. Since 2008, nature in this area has developed into a marsh biotope, with the associated plants, birds and other animals. Various species are benefitting from the disappearance of large areas of grassland and peat meadow. These include the southern marsh orchid, the birds whinchat and bittern and various dragonflies and amphibians. The great egret, the otter and the osprey have also made the area their domain. During prolonged periods of heavy rainfall, the water storage in De Onlanden ensures that residents of the city of Groningen keep their feet dry.