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Common bird species in this area include bittern, purple heron, black tern, water rail, cowrie, little grebe, mustache and grasshopper warbler.

About this area

The Zouweboezem (118 hectares) near Lexmond once served as a storage for excess polder water. Reed grew on the reed plots, which was used for the roofs of farms. Now the vast marshes and reed fields are the domain of marsh birds such as black tern, water rail, mustache and marsh harrier. In the spring, 150 pairs of purple herons breed here, the largest breeding colony in our country. The South Holland Landscape focuses specifically on all these reed birds in its management. With a balanced mowing plan we ensure that the area remains attractive for every type of bird. The Zouweboezem is an absolute top area for bird watchers!

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