Brabantse Biesbosch The Essential
This region of 40,000 ha suffered from the high tide of St Elisabeth in 1421. Today, its submerged zones represent no more than 6,000 ha. It became a national park in 1994 and now hosts abundant waterlife (coots, black-tailed godwits, plovers, herons, pheasants) and its plantlife has most notably reeds, rushes, grass meadows, willows, osiers and lots of watercress. It is a watersports area (rowing canoeing, sailing) and it also has several recreational areas and a bird reserve.