If you want to do something really special, visit Spang's duck decoy. The voluntary foresters of Natuurmonumenten tell you all about the old craft of the kooiker. Walk with the ranger on winding paths and take a look behind the scenes of the cage. Discover the mysterious story of the Kooiker and his life in nature. And discover the origin of a large number of Dutch proverbs and sayings! Admission is free, a donation on the spot is much appreciated. Opening times: from the end of April to September, every Saturday from 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm (free entry).
Attractions and Nature
Eendenkooi Spang, 1792 CD, Oosterend. The entrance to the unpaved path to the duck decoy is located halfway along the Dijkmanshuizen road on the east side of Texel.
The path around the duck decoy is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Dogs allowed on a leash.
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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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