Oosterschelde

National Park Oosterschelde

In 2002, the Oosterschelde became a national park – the nation’s largest. Tidal in nature with fresh and salt water, it has exceptional biodiversity. In 2017, the Bevelands opened a dozen or so ingenious park ‘entry-points’, explaining local features, the natural wealth of flora and fauna, history and its appeal.

Birdlife has other ways to see the potential of the Oosterschelde, and they flock here in all seasons. Many species feel at home here, for breeding and feeding. Oyster catchers and stilt walkers abound, and many geese are known to migrate here for the winter.

The park under water is just as vibrant as on the surface. You’ll see seals, porpoises and cuttlefish (aka squid). The seals are a tad exhibitionist: you’ll catch a view of them from the shore, as they sun on sandbanks. Porpoises are warier: you might catch a flash of their fin when they briefly surface. Cuttlefish come to the Oosterschelde to oviposit – lay their eggs. This natural spectacle draws inquisitive divers from all over the Netherlands and far beyond.