Forest rangers see more nuisance in nature reserves due to growing crowds’

Many forest rangers and green boas feel that problems are caused by the growing number of recreational cyclists in nature reserves. This is apparent from a survey of 158 boas and forest rangers by the TV programme De Monitor (KRO-NCRV). Three quarters feel that the increased recreational pressure has adverse effects on nature and almost half feel that ‘tourism in nature is running out of steam’.

“If I hadn’t cleaned up anything in the past month, the Veluwe would just have become a gang or a boar stable,” says Lennard Jasper, forester in the North Veluwe, to the program. He saw that especially groups that came together in the nature reserves left a lot of rubbish lying around. “But also along footpaths and cycle paths more rubbish was structurally left behind”

According to almost all boas and foresters (98 percent) of Staatsbosbeheer, De Landschappen and Natuurmonumenten, this year is clearly busier in nature areas than in previous years. 83 percent think that this extra bustle leads to nuisances such as waste, illegal parties in quiet areas, short fuses for recreational activities and the lighting of open fires in vulnerable nature.

Iron wire over mountain bike route

Of those questioned, 94 percent believe that more public money should be made available for enforcement in the nature reserves. Half of them had to deal with dangerous actions between recreational users in the past two years. In most cases it concerns resistance to mountain bike paths, according to their answers.

For example, thumbtacks or shards of glass are sprinkled on these paths to express dissatisfaction with the routes. Also, pits are dug or even iron wire stretched over the road.

The broadcast of ‘Whose nature is it?’ by De Monitor will be broadcast on NPO2 tonight at 10.15 pm.