("weerd" means: land along water) is a recently created new natural
area near my home town, Blerick, in the south of the Netherlands.
the inundations in the mid-nineties of the 20th century, caused by very
high water in the river Meuse, dams were built to prevent more damage by
another occasional flood. In the region of Blerick, large masses of sand and clay were dug out to
be used in the dams. When the works were completed, it was decided to
let the area where the soil had been removed run wild and "new nature"
developed quickly. The lower parts became ponds, surrounded by the
typical vegetation of wet land (poplar, willow, alder). Birds like the
stonechat and the bluethroat showed up after a while.
Because the development was a success, the area has been enlarged and
is nowadays managed by "Het Limburgs Landschap", an institution that
strives after the maintainance of original types of landscape
from this region. A Galloway herd grazes in the "weerd". There
are plenty of breeding water birds like mallard, coot, moorhen,
greylag, (formerly) tame goose and mute swan. Depending on the season
there are a.o. tufted ducks, shelducks and pochards. Sometimes
your eye catches a blue-green flash: a kingfisher.
On the other bank of
the river Meuse is (see photo) the
VieCuri hospital. The patients have rooms with a view.
Recently, a lot of trees have been cut down, because the river was
obstructed by the vegetation in case of high water. This has altered
the area and it will take time to see how it will develop again.
To go to the gallery of the Romeinenweerd: click here.