Nature Center De Marel of Natuurmonumenten is located on the edge of the Waalenburg nature reserve. From this center you can start beautiful cycling and walking tours through the richest meadow bird area on Texel. In addition to Meadow Birds, various types of orchids also bloom here right along the paths. You can enjoy nature here all day long. Employees of the Bird Information Center give you a warm welcome at the De Marel Nature Center. They can not only tell you a lot about the nature in Waalenburg, but also about the birds along the Vogelboulevard. In the center you can enjoy a beautiful collection of stuffed birds, a nice children's corner with cool discoveries and you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with apple pie in peace. Beautiful OERRR play nature has been created next to the center. Here the children can fully enjoy themselves. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.
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Nature Center De Marel. Nieuwlanderweg 38 1793 EV, De Waal.
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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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