birds feed near the river inlet of the swampy channel while cattle get their hooves wet
a spoonbill wades in the shallow water
a reflective grebe
cows are not afraid of water
looking southeast over the lake
teasels show their prickly beauty
foxes here have the bad habit to show you their behind
water from the Maas flows into the lake via a shallow channel
the northern section of the swamp
Hedelse Bovenwaard

The Hedelse Bovenwaard is a nature reserve on the northern bank of the Maas, just west of the A2 highway. The Maas once flowed here, but 150 years later only a swampy channel and a few shallow pools remind us of that time.

Centrally located in the area is a large, deep lake created by decades of sand extraction. A shallow canal connects this lake with the swampy channel and tidal action of the Maas refreshes the lake.
On the east side of the lake there are several heavily wooded breakwaters creating a considerably longer shoreline.

To the west sit rugged, flowery meadows, tufts of riparian forest and a small  forest of elms and oaks. In summer the entire area is grazed by a small herd of free roaming cattle.

In terms of flora, the Hedelse Bovenwaard is clearly a nature reserve in development, but birds, rabbits, foxes and beavers have already moved in to stay.
In summer the meadows and shores teem with scores of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.   

I regularly visit this very interesting little nature reserve.
The photos are from 2021 onwards.

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the Hedelse Bovenwaard is dominated by a sand extraction lake. Note the breakwaters to the East.
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not every visitor has peacefull intentions
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from this watch-tower you can watch bird-life in the swamp
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a beaver patrols the shore
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a buzzard is ready to take to the sky again
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typical landscape in the Bovenwaard: colorful meadows and riparian woods
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