The Wooldse Veen is characterised by wet and dry areas, as a result of which special plants grow and animals live there. Think of new high moorland with sundew, purple heather in the peat pits and insects such as the black darter, the northern emerald dragonfly and butterflies such as the 'green hairstreak'.
In the Wooldse Veen, the peat used to be dried for use as fuel. The area is still recovering. In addition, many plants and animals are struggling; besides the soil being too dry, the air is too acidic and the habitat too small. For this reason, Wooldse Veen has been designated as a Natura 2000 area.