Project

Marker Wadden

Marker Wadden is profiled as a bird paradise. An important precondition for a true bird paradise is the availability of sufficient food within the range of the Natura 2000 target bird species. The islands increase the habitat and breeding ground for birds. An important question is how fish, macrofauna, aquatic plants and the like develop as a food source for the birds of the Markermeer. By cleverly organizing Marker Wadden, especially the riparian zones, it is expected to increase local food availability for fish, benthos and herbivorous birds.

The research of Wageningen Environmental Research and Wageningen Marine Research (WENR and WMR) focuses on the contribution of Marker Wadden to the food availability for fish, benthos and herbivorous birds, within and in the vicinity of the Marker Wadden. The main questions are:

  • What is the importance of different habitats around the islands of the Marker Wadden for the spawning and rearing possibilities of young fish?
  • How do soil structure and soil composition in the Markermeer and around Marker Wadden determine the soil processes and the benthic fauna?
  • How can the use of different materials (sand, silt, stones, dead wood) increase the importance of these habitats for birds in and around Marker Wadden?

Ecoshape project

The research is carried out as an Ecoshape project in the period 2018-2020. The content of the research is described in the Plan applied research KIMA of Rijkswaterstaat and Natuurmonumenten. The implementation of the project under Ecoshape conditions requires a personal contribution. The own contribution of Wageningen Environmental Research and Wageningen Marine Research comes from this project. The current KB project is therefore part of a larger whole.

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