In the southwestern part of the Lauwersmeer National Park you have the Kollumeroord. Here you will find planted woodland and extensive reed beds. The Zomerhuis and Diepsterbos woodlands consist mainly of poplar (including grey poplar), alder and willow. These two woods provide breeding places for woodland birds, such as the great spotted woodpecker and turtle dove. During the migration season the woodland offers shelter to all kinds of songbirds, such as goldcrest and willow tit. And you may even walk into deer in this area.

Booming in the reed beds

The extensive reed beds are particularly popular with marshland birds. In the spring you can hear the mysterious booming sound produced by the bittern, sounding just like a foghorn. And the brown marsh harrier can often be seen gliding above the reeds looking for prey.

The best view...?

The woodland is freely accessible. And more: there are two signposted routes for walkers. The white route (7 km), takes you to a marvellous lookout point – among other things. This may well be the best view out over the Lauwersmeer National Park. In addition you can camp at the De Pomp Natural Camp Site. This simple Forestry Commission site is an oasis of peace and quiet.

Natural marshy woodland

The woodland in the eastern part in particular has become marshier in the last few years. The protective banks surrounding the trees were removed so that the woodland regularly gets its feet wet, especially in the winter. The aim of this type of forestry management is to turn a planted woodland into a natural marshy woodland without any further human intervention.