Together with the forester you walk in the Waalenburg nature reserve where there is plenty of breeding. As soon as spring comes, this polder changes into a colorful flower paradise where the skylark sings to you. It is a paradise for black-tailed godwits and orchids. The forester will be happy to show you, hear and smell the lively Texel wadden polder Waalenburg! Times: from the end of April to the middle of June, weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to noon. Look for the current times in the agenda of Natuurmonumenten.
Nature and Field trips
Start at Nature Farm Plassendaal. Zaandammerdijk 9, 1793 AND De Waal. Plassendaal is an organic livestock farm on the edge of the Waalenburg nature reserve. Take a look at the barn here.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring your camera and/or binoculars!
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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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