Beautiful animal house in our city

On Animal Day, all animals are put in the spotlight. In addition to dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets, Amsterdam has at least 10,000 species of wild animals and plants. Also very rare. As a city, we take that very well.

Of all the animals and plants found in the Netherlands, at least 25 percent are found in Amsterdam. We are very careful about our nature.

We build for everyone

The city is not only for people, but also for plants and animals. So Amsterdam takes this into account in its new construction. This is called: the holistic construction of nature. Amsterdam has a special points system for this. The IJburg region is a good example of the holistic construction of nature. There, nest boxes surrounded by walls provide a cute home for sparrows and ships. But green roofs and facades also contribute to an all-encompassing city of nature.

Pet friendly city

Urban ecologists in Amsterdam pay close attention to the nature and fauna of the city. They find that adaptations in buildings and public spaces help animals well. For example, bird species return and choose Amsterdam to breed. Once again, the peregrine falcon became a regular visitor to the city. The ways to make Amsterdam a pet-friendly city are endless. Below you can see an example from each region. Even as the Prince of Amsterdam you can do a lot. By placing nesting boxes, for example, or by furnishing your garden in an animal-friendly way. Find ideas at


Anyone walking along the canals in the city center has probably seen it: colorful flowers on the waterfront. Some of the pier walls are in poor condition and are supported by steel beams. The spaces between the piers and the slab piles are filled with sand. A mixture of local herbs and flowers were planted, which attract butterflies and wild bees. Amsterdam is helping the animals with this temporary natural measure. Waterfowl, insects, fish, and other aquatic animals find food and shelter among plants and willows in steel beams. Willows are polluted regularly and willows go to Artis as fodder for elephants.

Photo: San Cobre

New West

De Vrije Geer near Sloten and De Tuinen van West are two larger nature reserves. Between these two areas, along Baden Powellweg, is an ecological corridor. These contact areas help small mammals, insects, and birds to move. Various flowers grow there, which in turn attract bees and butterflies.


Natuurzoom is built in the southeast. This connects many small habitats, from Diemerbos to Amstelland. Grass snakes, hedgehogs, coyotes, and other small mammals can move safely from one area to another. without the need to cross a major road.

the West

Speed ​​is a special bird. So he sleeps while he flies. The fast bird likes to breed in the city, for example under the loose roof tiles. Many of these places have disappeared due to renovation. The fast working group already had several nest boxes laid out on the facades in Barges.

Photo: Margaret Bloomers


Mirbat lived in a school that will be demolished. To give this rare animal a new home, a lake tower was built at Monnikendammerplantsoen. Special sounds attracted the bat to its new home.


The squirrel lives mainly in the Amsterdam Boss and in parks in the south of Amsterdam. Special squirrel bridges ensure that squirrels can reach safely from Amsterdamse Bos to Amstelpark. Bridges consist of ropes stretched between trees on busy roads.


Amsterdam waters can be dangerous to small mammals. They quickly become exhausted if they cannot get out of the water easily. A nice solution has been put in place for this: the so-called FUP (animal picnic area). These are small ramps or ramps that allow animals to reach steep sidewalks.

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Amsterdam has built obligatory piles of grass snakes at Fort Uitermeer on Vecht in Weesp. Hot pasture usually consists of decomposing material such as manure, manure and branches. Because of the mold (heating) it is always nice and warm in the heap. An ideal place for grass snakes to lay eggs.

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Main image: Martin de Bouter

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