A lot of small and special crawlies live in the ditches and creeks of Waalenburg. You usually don't see them, but they are there! Together with the ranger you go looking for them. Armed with a landing net and bucket you set off. You learn all about the animals. For example, why there are so many, what they eat and who eats them, how they breathe and what cool things they can do. Suitable for children from 6 to 12 years. More information? Come to Nature Center De Marel. Times: 2 - 4 pm on various Saturdays. Look for the current offer in the agenda of Natuurmonumenten.
Nature and Field trips
From Den Burg: follow the Nieuwlanderweg in a northerly direction (De Cocksdorp). Approx. 1 km. after the intersection with Pijpersdijk and De Staart, turn right over the bridge. Follow the path to the parking lot at De Marel nature center.
Suitable for children from 6 to 12 years.
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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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