The Dutch public has voted the Dutch Wadden Sea area the Most Beautiful Nature Reserve in the Netherlands. State Secretary Martijn van Dam and prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven announced the good news during an of De Wereld Draait Door on Monday 31 October. Thousands of fans of the Wadden Sea area had cast their votes in favour of the Dutch Wadden Sea area in the preceding three weeks.
The nature reserve will now receive a maximum of € 300,000 from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This will help make the nature reserve more accessible and better known too. Joeri Lamers, a forest ranger for the De Wadden Sea area: ''Everyone really should have walked on the Wad at some point in their lives, which is why we have decided to use this prize to provide nature education. We want as many children as possible to be able to discover the Wadden Sea area.'' The area will also feature prominently in a national campaign designed to promote the wonderful nature that the Netherlands has to offer.
The Wadden Sea area is not just the most beautiful, but also the biggest nature reserve in the Netherlands and features an unrivalled wilderness: the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is already a world-class nature reserve, as UNESCO made it a World Natural Heritage site in 2009. Under the influence of the changing tides, the nature and landscape change continually. The special animals and plants there are strong and vulnerable at the same time, because of the conditions inherent to the Wadden Sea area. Six million birds a year stop off on the mudflats during their annual migration.