European bison at Kraansvlak

In the spring of 2007 the 200 ha sand dune area Kraansvlak, a closed-off area in the National Park Zuid Kennemerland, has become the territory of a group of European Bison or wisents. From 2007, a pilot project with European bison started within Dutch Nature. The project is accompanied by scientific research. It is a cooperative project of PWN Waterleidingbedrijf Noord-Holland, Stichting Duinbehoud, FREE Nature, ARK and Stichting Kritisch Bosbeheer.

The aim of the project is to acquire knowledge and experience with European bison in the Dutch situation, the food strategy (no supplementary feeding) and the effects of this animal species on the sand dune landscape, dune dynamics and dune vegetation. The herd will have the opportunity to develop naturally during the project, making a contribution to the preservation of this endangered species. The practical experience and knowledge gained may be used for a possible future reintroduction of this wild animal to other natural areas in the Netherlands or abroad.

Besides the interaction between European bison and landscape, also the co-existence with other grazers as well as human visitors will be studied.

For more informatin visit the project website.