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A big day for Texel

3 May 2018

Texel is a real bird island. No fewer than 380 different bird species have been spotted in the wild on the biggest Wadden Island of the Netherlands so far.

Texel Big Day

National Park Dunes of Texel and Texel’s bird information centre (Vogelinformatiecentrum Texel), in collaboration with the Dutch society for the protection of birds Vogelbescherming Nederland, are organising the Texel Big Day. Fifteen teams of up to 3 to 4 birdwatchers will try to spot as many birds as possible in 24 hours.


The Texel Big Day kicks off the Wadden Islands Bird Festival, which takes place on 12 and 13 May 2018. The birdwatching race starts at midnight on Friday 11 May from Het Eierlandsche Huis community centre and finishes at midnight on Saturday 12 May. The team to spot the most bird species is the winner and will receive their prize on Sunday morning 13 May at 10:00 at holiday park De Robbenjager.

Want to follow the teams?

No problem! You can follow the teams via the app of Waarneming.nl. With this app you can see which team is in the lead and what bird species haven’t been spotted yet. This makes the Big Day even more exciting!

Take part?

You can sign up for the Texel Big Day at info@texelvogeleiland.nl No team, but still want to take part? Send an email to bigday@npduinenvantexel.nl The organisers challenge participants to raise a minimum of €200 for the chosen cause. This year’s good cause is the house martin, bird species of the year 2018.

Click here to see which teams have already signed up.

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