Woodland birds and migrants
The woodland known as Lauwersoogbos lies to the east of the village of Lauwersoog. After the closure of the Lauwers Sea this woodland was planted with poplars (including the grey poplar), ash and alder. The straight rows of trees show that this is the work of human hands.
And yet it has some natural values to offer. It provides safe nesting cover for specific woodland birds. And the wood offers many migrating birds a sheltered resting place on their long journeys from north to south and vice-versa. Rare types of toadstools and other fungi also occur here.
On foot and by bicycle
The Lauwersoogbos has fine cycling and walking paths and is open to all. Part of the three marked-out walking paths pass through the woodland.
The Forestry Commission's policy aims at creating natural woodland. To this end, dead wood is left lying in so far as possible. Nature has free rein. The Forestry Commission intervenes only if there is a risk to visitors. It will take dozens of years for the Lauwersoogbos to turn into a natural woodland.