Bargerveen Nature Reserve

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Bargerveen Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Bargerveen Nature Reserve
Location of Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen.
Location Drenthe, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°40′37″N 7°01′48″E / 52.677°N 7.03°E / 52.677; 7.03[1]Coordinates: 52°40′37″N 7°01′48″E / 52.677°N 7.03°E / 52.677; 7.03[1]
Area 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Established 1992

Bargerveen Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Dutch province of Drenthe that has been included in the Natura 2000 ecological network.[2] Since 2006 it is part of the Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen (engl. Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen International Nature Park), a nature reserve located on both sides of the border between the Netherlands and Germany.[3] Most of the transboundary nature reserve, some 134 km2 (52 sq mi), lies in Germany, in the west of the state of Lower Saxony. The sparsely populated landscape consists of large peat areas, heather, and small lakes.

The Dutch part of the nature reserve was founded in 1992 as Natuurreservaat Bargerveen. It was designated as a Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance) the following year. Bargerveen has a size of 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi). It consists mainly of peat bog.[4]

Bog restoration[edit]

Some of the wetland area had become degraded, and, after peat extraction was discontinued, restoration work was needed to improve water retention. The project had the objective of creating active raised bog and was coordinated by Staatsbosbeheer, the government agency that manages the site. The work was supported by the European Union's LIFE programme in the years 2003-2006, but it was noted that the full effects would be seen in the longer term.[5]

Bargerveen has been twinned with two Irish Ramsar Sites, Clara Bog and Raheenmore Bog, which were identified as needing active management measures.[6]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Bargerveen is a Special Protection Area for bird-life,[7] and is home to large numbers of wintering bean geese.[8] It is also an Important Bird Area: "trigger" species are the spotted crake and the red-backed shrike.[9]

It is also a Special Area of Conservation.


  1. ^ "Bargerveen Nature Reserve". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. 
  2. ^ Site code NL2000002 Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor - Bargerveen (German)
  4. ^ The Annotated Ramsar List: The Netherlands
  5. ^ Bargerveen - From degraded to active raised bogs
  6. ^ A Directory of Wetlands of International Importance Archived April 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Bargerveen". 2014–2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bargerveen: Natura 2000". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bargerveen". Birdlife International. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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