“Peaceful” was featured in the groups Bits and Pieces and ALL COUNTRIES – Streams, Brooks, Creeks, Rivers, Ponds & Lakes.
Photo taken while hiking in the Dutch coastal dunes in October 2007, with my Canon PowerShot S5 IS camera.
One of the areas of international importance for which the Netherlands has a special responsibility is the strip of coastal dunes. Almost all the Dutch dunes are part of the Natura 2000 network. Species of international importance found in these dunes include the Fen Orchid, the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail, the Root Vole (or Northern Vole) and the Marsh Harrier.
The Dutch dunes have been protected for a long time because of their importance for flood protection along the coast. Later, they received additional protection under the Nature Conservation Act; subsequently large areas of the dunes were designated as protected conservation areas in the Natura 2000 network. In addition, there is a strict environmental policy to safeguard the drinking water reserves within the dunes.
Problems are now arising due to land use and environmental impacts from the surrounding inland areas. The negative effects of falling water tables and nitrogen deposition are being limited by various restoration measures, such as turf stripping and scrub control.
Source: Nature Balance 2005-The coastal dunes http://www.mnp.nl/en/publications/2005/NatureBa...