I went to Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen that’s only about half an hour from Amsterdam hoping to spot foxes, but I bumped into deer instead. As deer is one of my favourite animals with its gentle, but majestic appearance, I did not mind it at all. I spotted several birds, tiny toads and loads of yellow/black caterpillars of St. Jacobs butterflies, too. I did see two foxes, but they did not feel posing for a photo.
The dune area itself is operated by Waternet and it’s equipped to produce drinking water for the city of Amsterdam. Every year about fifty million cubic meters of drinking water runs through the 3400 hectare area. It is the oldest watershed in The Netherlands, which was established in 1853. The entire area is a protected nature reserve, you cannot bike around, only hike.