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Texel has recently gained a new nature reserve: Oude Sluishoek. This former grassland is situated at the so-called ‘bird boulevard’ along the Waddenzee, near the Dijkmanshuizen pumping station. From the end of March, thousands of summer seabirds are expected to come to these shell isles to breed, including common terns, ringed plovers and avocets. Life in the colonies can be watched very well from the Waddenzee dike. Because there is both fresh and salt water in this area, it is not only ideal for sea vegetation such as samphire and sea aster but also orchids.
The shell isles form a fantastic breeding ground for the birds. They are much more peaceful than the beaches and safer than the salt marshes, which can flood during spring storms. What’s more, the nearby Waddenzee provides a rich source of food for the birds.
National forestry organisation Staatsbosbeheer has recently created a new nature reserve on the land of Dorpzicht farm in De Cocksdorp, with a 5-km circular walk that takes you past the village and holiday park De Krim. While nature conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten has expanded the Waalenburg nature reserve in De Waal. It is a paradise for orchids and meadow birds, with the bird hide providing a great birdwatching spot. You can go for walks, bike rides or join an excursion here.
Natuurmonumenten is creating two additional small nature reserves along the bird boulevard: Nieuw Buitenheim and De Bemes. These will be ready in 2018.
Read more about the nature reserves on Texel