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The nature in the northern part of Texel is sometimes undervalued. There is only a polder behind the Ruigendijk, right? Nothing could be further from the truth! In this part of the island the nature is extremely varied, with 'naturally' one of the natural high points: De Slufter
De Slufter is the only area in the Netherlands where the sea washes in unhindered. At high tide the sea floods the creeks in the area and De Slufter becomes full. The only plants that grow here are ones that can withstand salt water, such as sea lavender and sea aster. The plants blossom during the summer months and colour De Slufter pink, lilac and purple. The salicornia gives the area a red glow during autumn. De Slufter is easily accessible and various footpaths run through the area. Bordering this area is De Muy nature reserve.
A dike separates De Muy from the silted land in De Slufter. Striking (steep) dunes are a feature of this landscape, which also includes meadows and even a small wood that has been given the name Oorlogsschip (warship).
Beautiful footpaths run through De Slufter and De Muy, and the Dutch Forestry Commission has set out various signposted routes. Further north the countryside certainly is worth a visit. The beach around the lighthouse is impressively wide and offers a wonderful view of the Wadden Sea as well as the North Sea. And did you know that the Eierland Dunes date back all the way to the Middle Ages?
The rare Northern vole is often spotted on Texel. The vole is the most important food source for the short-eared owl. The Eierland Dunes are deficient in lime, making the vegetation different to that found in other dune areas on Texel. Some very unusual mosses and plants grow here. During the migrating season the dunes around the lighthouse form an important stop for many migratory birds. It is therefore for good reason that rare species are often spotted here.
The nature reserves are situated along the Waddendijk and form an important foraging and breeding area for migratory and meadow birds. From the 'Vlielandboulevard', where the ferry to the island of Vlieland departs, you have a good view of Wassenaar and 't Visje. Next to the open landscape of Eierland there is also a wood: the Krimbos.
The Dutch Forestry Commission has recently redeveloped the Krimbos. The dune streams (duinrellen) were given nature-friendly banks and the footpaths and bridle paths were raised. Now the wood is a wonderful place for recreation.
Curious now? Then go and explore in Texel North! On the websites of the Dutch Forestry Commission (Staatsbosbeheer) and National Park the Dunes of Texel you can find various pleasant routes and tips for walking.