Nature reserves in Twente
The Twente landscape is unique. Everyone says that about their own surroundings, but for Twente it is simply true. And when a Tukker, modest in itself, says that, it must be true. Take the coulisse landscape. A feast to look at. Immediately put your other senses to work, because there is also plenty to smell and hear.
Characteristic of a coulisse landscape are the wooded banks and hedges. The precursors of barbed wire, as they served to keep sheep, cows and horses in a pasture. And that is still a tight plan, because in Twente there are no less than six thousand kilometers of dense natural fences. They also provide shelter for animals and nesting opportunities for birds. And you can recover in the shade of these wooded banks from all the impressions of Twente's landscape.
We have been smart enough to build cycling and walking paths through the rolling Twente landscape. You'll come across everything: woods, heaths, burial mounds, sand drifts, rivers, streams, hedgerows, grain fields, chic country estates, antique farmhouses, picturesque villages... Sounds pretty heavenly, doesn't it? Not to mention the chirping chiffchaffs, chirping yellowhammers, meadows full of wild flowers and the fragrant honeysuckle. You'll vacation there. Never want to go home again.
It's almost unbelievable, but there was a time when Twente did not exist. Millions of years ago this was sea. The silent witnesses in the form of whale and shark teeth can sometimes be found in the ground. After the sea time, mammoths, woolly rhinos and giant deer roamed the landscape. As you have noticed, these giants have disappeared and we now have to make do with grazing cows, hopping horses, shy deer and lightning-fast stone martens. They do happen to live in a unique - and in our humble opinion most beautiful - region: that of Twente. It may be a mishmash of landscape elements, but it is a feast for the senses. And Tukkers love a bit of variety.