European Rewilding Network

Hunting free zone Deelerwoud – Veluwezoom

In the Deelerwoud area and National Park Veluwezoom a hunting free zone of 2,500 hectares has been created. In this zone, no hunting on red deer and wild boar is allowed. The goal is to realise free populations of red deer and wild boar, and to increase the possibility for the public to see and enjoy these wildlife species.

Project: Hunting free zone Deelerwoud – Veluwezoom
Region: Veluwe area; between Ede, Arnhem and Apeldoorn
Type of protection: N2000, local and regional protection
Habitat types: Forest areas contain Scots pine, Oak and Beech; heathland; former agricultural lands given back to nature.
Keystone species: Red deer, wild boar
Fauna (mega) species present: Fallow deer, roe deer. Bird species: European nightjar, Sky Lark, Eurasian wryneck, European honey buzzard, Black woodpecker
Type of project: Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers
Aim and vision: To modernize Dutch hunting principles, to reduce the number of animals being shot, to increase the visibility of wild animals and to stimulate natural processes.
Creating an unregulated population of deer species in which the animals can behave naturally, which will bring us new insights about the management of these species in the Netherlands.
Uniqueness of the project: So far, there are only two other hunting free zones in the Netherlands (Oostvaardersplassen and Midden-Veluwe). A wildlife crossing (ecoduct 'Terlet') connects the Deelerwoud area with N.P. Veluwezoom, enabling species such as Red deer and Fallow deer to cross the Highway in between safely.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Research
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: An accepted way of wildlife management in particular by public and neighbours.
A new wildlife hotspot on the Veluwe with a guarantee to see wild boar and deer species roaming around.
Results so far: An evaluation of part of the area called Deelerwoud has been performed. This area is already a hunting free zone since 2001.
Inspirational value: N.P. Veluwezoom (5,100 hectares) and Deelerwoud make up for a green oasis located in a relatively densely populated part of the Netherlands. The areas are connected via wildlife corridor Terlet which is used by species like Red deer and Fallow deer.
Experience you would like to share: Management of deer species and wild boar.
Experience you would like to gain: Working together with neighbours when your wildlife management is very different; how to deal with hunting in a surrounding where for many years a principle of hunting was established which we would like to discuss: ecological consequences, reaction of public. <br /> Seek inspiration to find new ways for public to experience wildlife.<br />
Map
Country
Netherlands
Start year
2014 (part of the area: 2002)
Size (ha)
2500
Area type
Other
Natural process
Natural grazing
Flagship species
Red deer

In the Deelerwoud area and National Park Veluwezoom a hunting free zone of 2,500 hectares has been created. In this zone, no hunting on red deer and wild boar is allowed. The goal is to realise free populations of red deer and wild boar, and to increase the possibility for the public to see and enjoy these wildlife species.

Map
Country
Netherlands
Start year
2014 (part of the area: 2002)
Size (ha)
2500
Area type
Other
Natural process
Natural grazing
Flagship species
Red deer
Specification
Project: Hunting free zone Deelerwoud – Veluwezoom
Region: Veluwe area; between Ede, Arnhem and Apeldoorn
Type of protection: N2000, local and regional protection
Habitat types: Forest areas contain Scots pine, Oak and Beech; heathland; former agricultural lands given back to nature.
Keystone species: Red deer, wild boar
Fauna (mega) species present: Fallow deer, roe deer. Bird species: European nightjar, Sky Lark, Eurasian wryneck, European honey buzzard, Black woodpecker
Description
Type of project: Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers
Aim and vision: To modernize Dutch hunting principles, to reduce the number of animals being shot, to increase the visibility of wild animals and to stimulate natural processes.
Creating an unregulated population of deer species in which the animals can behave naturally, which will bring us new insights about the management of these species in the Netherlands.
Uniqueness of the project: So far, there are only two other hunting free zones in the Netherlands (Oostvaardersplassen and Midden-Veluwe). A wildlife crossing (ecoduct 'Terlet') connects the Deelerwoud area with N.P. Veluwezoom, enabling species such as Red deer and Fallow deer to cross the Highway in between safely.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Research
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: An accepted way of wildlife management in particular by public and neighbours.
A new wildlife hotspot on the Veluwe with a guarantee to see wild boar and deer species roaming around.
Results so far: An evaluation of part of the area called Deelerwoud has been performed. This area is already a hunting free zone since 2001.
Exchange
Inspirational value: N.P. Veluwezoom (5,100 hectares) and Deelerwoud make up for a green oasis located in a relatively densely populated part of the Netherlands. The areas are connected via wildlife corridor Terlet which is used by species like Red deer and Fallow deer.
Experience you would like to share: Management of deer species and wild boar.
Experience you would like to gain: Working together with neighbours when your wildlife management is very different; how to deal with hunting in a surrounding where for many years a principle of hunting was established which we would like to discuss: ecological consequences, reaction of public. <br /> Seek inspiration to find new ways for public to experience wildlife.<br />
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