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'Dunes Reconnected' a fieldtrip to National Park Zuid-Kennemerland

Always wanted to know more about the wildlife in the very special area of the Dutch dunes? This whole day fieldtrip to the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland in the province of Noord-Holland will tell and show you all about it. IENE members who are engineers, researchers, civil servants or just love the dunes can join us on this fieldtrip. We offer you some insight into very interesting monitoring experiments with small animals. And we will show you what problems and solutions we encounter with invasive species and what architecture can offer to ecoducts and its users both animals and humans.

National Park Zuid-Kennemerland
The province of Noord-Holland and ProRail, the national rail company have realised three ecoducts in National Park Zuid-Kennemerland. Together they reconnect 7.000 hectares of dunes (Natura 2000 area). We are going to walk in this beautiful nature reserve and visit two of the ecoducts, realised by the province of Noord-Holland.

Fieldtrip to ecoducts Zeepoort and Zandpoort
At the first ecoduct, called Zeepoort (Sea Port), we will tell you about the variation of different dune ecosystems and in particular about the migration of small animals. This is very special, because we built these bridges mainly for insects, lizards and other small animals; the main goal here is not the big wildlife. Also very special about this bridge is the architecture. We will explain the design of the ecoduct and how this construction has been realised.

When we have focused on the small animals, it is time to see some big ones. In the nearby area (Kraansvlak), there is a bison/wisent introduction experiment. We will explain why we introduce these species here.

Next stop is the ecoduct Zandpoort (Sand Port). This was the first of the three ecoducts to connect the dunes. In the beginning there was a lot of resistance in the neighbourhood. Good communication and cooperation between the partners and stakeholders was therefore very important before and during the realisation of this bridge. This is also an ecoduct combined with a cycling track. Why this combination nature-recreation? You will find the answer during this excursion! And last, but not least, there was a big issue here with invasive deer. How do you manage a population of deer in an urban area? We will tell you about our problems and solutions with invasive behaviour of deer. Maybe you can spot some too!

About Noord-Holland
Noord-Holland is a province in the northwest of the Netherlands. It is situated on the North Sea, has a population of about 2,7 million people and a total area of 2,670 km2. The capital and seat of the provincial government is Haarlem, and Amsterdam is the province's largest city. Noord-Holland is a member of the Organization Comittee (OC) of the IENE 2018 conference. The province of Noord-Holland is working together with the national government and other provinces to realise the national defragmentation program, but also realises smaller defragementation measures in Noord-Holland.

Organizing parties
This fieldtrip is organized by the province of Noord-Holland. Co-organizers are PWN, Waternet, National Park Zuid-Kennemerland and M. Boeken.