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Zoutkamp Rif is a part of the National Park Lauwersmeer

Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer is a national park in the provinces of Groningen and Friesland, the Netherlands. It consists of the southern and eastern parts of the Lauwersmeer (previously Lauwerszee).


In 1969 the Lauwers Sea was enclosed and separated from the Wadden Sea at 25 May 1969, since then it has been called Lauwersmeer.

the Lauwersmeer gradually became a freshwater lake and new flora and fauna appeared. To protect this new and young nature area, it was decided (12 November 2003) to designate the Lauwersmeer as a national park.

Fauna and Flora

Famous are the purple orchidfields and the witte Parnassia.

Rare birds living in the area are e.g. the Eurasian Spoonbill, Montagu's Harrier, Bearded Reedling and the Bluethroat. In the winter hundred thousands of birds live in the area to survive the winter e.g. Eurasian Wigeon, Tundra Swan and the Barnacle Goose.

To keep the landscape open big grazers are used like the Konikhorses and Highland cattle, but also common horses and cows.

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Comments (122)

Göran Sjöstrand on December 5, 2012

Wonderful picture - like the light and the horses. Best greetings, Göran

K@rin on January 8, 2013

Hello Göran thanks for the wonderful compliment and like , best wishes to you

Hello dear Ruti thanks for the excellent compliment with L and F , warm greetings to you

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