You can find traces of beavers all over the Biesbosch. After being extinct in the Netherlands for over a century, European beavers were reintroduced into the Biesbosch in 1988. Their population now numbers more than 300. Beavers are natural builders and are sometimes referred to as landscape architects. They are gregarious creatures, living in families of 4 to 6 beavers. Beavers are best seen in the twilight hours, but leave obvious traces of their handiwork for us to see during the day. Beaver lodges can be found all over the Biesbosch. They have since discovered the nearby Haringvliet and have now colonised the island of Tiengemeten and the Hoeksche Waard.
Would you like to see one yourself at first hand? There are various locations in the Biesbosch where boat trips are organised. You can also explore on foot or by canoe. Find out more details on beaver excursions in the Biesbosch view here.
Of course, you can always look for the tell-tale signs of beavers whenever you go walking or canoeing. Just look for the gnaw marks on trees and branches. You will also find runnels along the banks where beavers slip into and out of the water.
Sleep in a wikkelhouse
Have you ever thought about spending a night in a house made of recycled cardboard? Such an experience is now possible through Stayokay Dordrecht which rents out these so-called Wikkelhouses. They can be found in the middle of the countryside on the banks of the Biesbosch. First enjoy a wholesome breakfast on the patio and then cast off in your canoe. More info
Stay overnight in an Aquahome
An Aquahome is a comfortable, sustainably built holiday home on water. A boatman will deliver you to your solar-panelled home at one of the several beautiful locations in the Biesbosch. All you need then do is sit back with a refreshing glass of wine and wait for the beavers to swim by. More info
Hiking along beaver tracks
If you’re a landlubber, but would still like to seek out the tell-tale signs of beavers – gnawed branches, runnels and dams – the best places to do this on foot are the nature trails of Griendmuseumpad, Natuurpad Nieuwe Merwede, Jantjespad and Pannekoek. More information can be found here. More info