Dutch National Park Zuid-Kennemerland is the first nature reserve in Europe that is equipped with a Smart Parks network. By using smart sensor technology, administrator PWN can now gather more information about the behaviour of large grazers. This knowledge helps with complicated management issues and contributes to a sustainable balance between nature, grazer, and recreation.
In the much-visited dune area several large grazers, such as the European bison, highland cattle and fallow deer play an important role in the landscape. The grazers prevent the dunes from becoming dense and leave room for vulnerable species such as the dune pansy and the dune pearl fern.
Insights into movement and behaviour
Insight into the movements and behaviour of these animals can be used to shape the management more smartly. An essential part is to see how the free flow of the animals works alongside the visiting public in one of the Netherlands busiest recreational areas. Thanks to the Smart Parks network and the use of sensors that are cheaper and more energy-efficient than the current GPS collars, more animals can be monitored over a more extended period.