Wildlife Tour

Spotting Wildlife

Wildlife and Bird bicycle tour with guide

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The Waddensea area is one of the biggest natural reserves in the Netherlands and offers a truly beautifully wilderness. The Lauwersmeer area is one the most important area’s for bird in West-Europa. In this versatile landscape of water, isles, and rough grasslands there are hundreds of bird species that eat, brood and rest here. Aside from birds there are also numerous mammals to be found.

‘’Bird watching has always been a hobby of mine. I love the Lauwersmeer area because there are so many different birds to be found. The birdwatching cabins and look-outs make this my favourite area to spot animals.’’


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Wildlife and Bird Bicycle Tour with Forest Ranger
Join our forest ranger on a bicycle tour in the area of Maarnewaard. While cycling you’ll find all kinds of wild animals whom call this area there home. A stunning bicycle route with regular breaks so that the guide can tell you all sorts of info on these animals and the area.

Price:        € 7,50
Bike:         € 2,50
Duration:  1,5 hours


Rent A Bike
You are obviously allowed to bring and ride your own bike. But if you don’t have a bike at your disposal you can also rent one from our reception. Just as easy!

Mammals on the coast
The area surrounding Lauwersoog known many inhabitants. In the period between march and April you can find fighting male hares that are trying to impress the ladies. In the summer you can also find some ‘barking’ deer in the woods surrounding the Lauwersmeer area. In the same area you are also likely to find some big grazers like Konik horses and Scottish Highlanders.

In the eighties they went extinct, but now there are back in the Lauwersmeer area, the otter! Their population has been growing since a few years and they sure do seem to like it here.

 Where the isles are mostly free of natural predators they can be found on the shores. Although their numbers are limited their numbers are starting to rise due to the forests. You might spot some foxes, badgers, and martens. During dusk you also have a fair chance of encountering some bats.  

Bird Watching Hotspot
Lauwersoog and its surroundings are loved by bird watchers. Throughout the year there are hundreds of bird species. They are either migrating, coming here to brood or they have taken up residence permanently. Therefore this area is one of the most important breeding ground of West-Europe.

Scattered across the area there are many birdwatching cabins and lookouts to be found that making spotting the birds a lot easier. There are too many birds to list, but a few are definitely worth mentioning.  

Since 2011 there has been raised a Sea-Eagle young once again after a long time. As an homage, and to show how impressive an eagle is in size, you can find a silhouette to scale in the landmark of Cortenstaaf, as you can see on the picture.

Other remarkable and well-known bird species are the peregrine falcon, ruff and kingfisher. They are hard to spot so make sure you bring along some binoculars.

Going at it alone
Off course you do not have to join our ranger on a bicycle tour in order to be able to spot these stunning animals and the surrounding nature. Although it does make it easier with the help of an experienced guide, we also have additional information for you if you want.


At our reception you’ll find several books and flyers with useful information. Such as bike and hike routes that lead you to places were you are likely to spot animals. But also information on the animals themselves. Take the bird map for example that offers tips on how to find certain species of bird, which time of the year you are most likely to spot them and how to recognize them.

The reception is also the place to be if you want to rent a bike!

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