Treasure Island: Nature returns to landfill on Lake Markermeer

Look at the Tower of Marker Waden Photo: Dirk Wijnen / Natuurmonumenten

The Dutch are experts in clearing land from the sea, but the latest 1,000 hectares added to Lake Markermeer are primarily for the benefit of nature.

A 10-year project of € 78 million has opened five new islands known as Marker Wadden.

Biodiversity is now back after years of building artificial areas of Flevoland and its roads, where water was once dead. On four of the five islands reserved for nature only, Natuurmonumenten’s team has seen 150 species of plants, 20 species of fish, birds, insects and spiders.

The final island, made of the same silt, clay and sand, aims to generate running costs for the national reserve, with a visitor center and four luxury chalets docking boats via Randall Green Park. May generate cash. Body Natuur monumenten.

Marjolein Koek, a spokeswoman for Natuurmonumenten, said the islands are expected to be part of a 10,000-hectare chain built to bring nature back to water.

“We have big dreams, but we’ll see them step by step,” she told Dutch News. “The plan is really to do this for nature, and there is one island available to people to generate running costs.”

Visiting this island is one of the highlights of her work. “The great thing about Marker Waden is that it’s so new,” she said. “Every time I go there, it looks completely different. I went there when it was a big sandbox, but after a year everything turned green, and a year later trees, bushes and nesting birds. We just build the land and nature does the rest. “

Nature returns to Marker Waden Photo: Dirk Wijnen / Natuurmonumenten

But ten years before the region’s first plans began, that was a different story. “Lake Markermeer was dead,” she said. “There was no natural levee. It was a water-filled concrete valley without healthy aquatic life … but with the islands, a more natural system is created again.”

Roel Posthoorn, project director of Natuurmonumenten, said in a press release:

So far, about 50,000 people have visited Marker Wadden, and Boskalis is building two new islands, funded by the central and local governments. Boats depart twice a day from Lelystad’s Batavia Haven, and another boat service also serves the chalet.

At the time of writing, there was one reservation available in 2021 … and the boat departs at 4pm.

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Treasure Island: Nature returns to landfill on Lake Markermeer

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