You are very welcome at the bird guards of Texel. These volunteers from Natuurmonumenten permanently man the Wadden Watchers hut on the Waddendijk; they watch over nature, receive visitors and inform them about Texel, nature in general, the birds in particular and the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. You can also take a look at the volunteer bird guards of Staatsbosbeheer. They are present at De Geul and the northern viewing point at De Slufter. They check whether the birds are not disturbed and provide information to the public. Binoculars and telescopes are also available for this purpose. Opening hours: the bird guards are active from the end of April to August.
Guided tours and Nature
Location Natuurmonumenten: on the Waddendijk (Lancasterdijk 1794, Oosterend) there is a gypsy wagon. Location: at De Geul (a mobile wagon) and the northern viewpoint at De Slufter.
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Four years after Jac. P. Thijsse had founded Natuurmonumenten, the first purchase took place on Texel: 7ha of land was purchased in the Waalenburg polder (in the year 1909). It happened at a time when the birdlife of the polder was threatened, because people wanted to lower the water level. At the time, Thijsse wrote about Waalenburg: 'it was teeming with lapwings, clods, black-tailed godwits, redshanks, ruffs, common terns, black-headed gulls, black terns and a slate heron spawned in 1907'. In the course of the 20th century, the polder developed into an important nature reserve where many birds, such as black-tailed godwits, breed and the harlequin and broad orchid occur in large numbers.
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