Wednesday, November 21, 2012

AND THERE'S ANOTHER CONTINENT

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A Walk on the Wild Side: just outside Amsterdam is a landscape that shimmers like the Serengeti, with wildlife to match. Robert Macfarlane revels in it…

From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, November/December 2012

Twenty miles or so east of Amsterdam, set between the new towns of Almere and Lelystad, and lying five metres below sea-level, is the youngest wilderness I have ever seen. The Oostvaardersplassen is now a vast region of grassland, reed-bed, shallow lake and ragged forest, over 6,000 hectares in extent. Sea eagles and marsh harriers hunt its wide skies, spoonbills and avocets stalk its marshes, and vast herds of red deer, wild ponies and Heck cattle graze its savannah. 

For the rest of the story: http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/places/and-theres-another-continent

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