Konik Horses, Lauwersmeer National Park, the Netherlands

Lauwersmeer National Park (Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer) is a national park in the provinces of Fryslân and Groningen in the Netherlands. It consists of the southern and eastern parts of the Lauwersmeer (previously Lauwerszee).

In the north of the Netherlands, the Lauwers river forms part of the east-west border between the provinces of Fryslân and Groningen. The Lauwers flows from south to north into the Wadden Sea. The Lauwersmeer is its estuary, which is connected to the sea via a sluice at Lauwersoog. The national park consists of most of the Lauwersmeer.

Due to the continuous changes of the landscape trees and bushes are making  great inroads, the area is overrun with plants. This is the reason why the Forestry Commission decided to employ some natural ‘lawnmowers’; Scottish Highland cattle and Konik horses. They make efforts to keep the landscape ‘open’ and keep the aninal population diverse. When visiting the Kollumerwaard, chances are you may come suddenly face to face with Highland cattle and/or Konik horses.

Below are some photos made during a walk through this area when we bumped into a herd of Konik horses. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.