The northernmost point of the Dunes of Texel National Park is located near to the lighthouse at the north of Texel. Just east of here, close to the Robbenjagger restaurant, lies the Renvogelveld nature reserve. A viewpoint is situated close to the road, giving good views over the whole area. This area, on the northern tip of Texel is unique when it comes to migratory birds and the wet grassland attracts many species. This is the birdwatching viewpoint to visit in order experience bird migration and to have the best chance of seeing a rare species.
The Bird Information Centre is the place to visit during the Wadden Islands Bird Festival. It is the meeting place for birdwatchers and where sightings can be exchanged. The Bird Information Centre is also the starting point for all birdwatching excursions during the weekend. The bus excursions also leave from the Centre. During the weekend, the Centre will host the optics show, during which all the top makes will be present for you to try and buy binoculars and telescopes.
On the north-eastern part of the Waal en Burg area you will find the farmhouse Plassendaal and the pool of the Westerkolk. During the Wadden Islands Bird Festival, you’ll be able to visit the hide of Natuurmonumenten. Here, species such as Spoonbill, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Avocet can be seen, and meadow birds such as Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing and Skylark breed nearby.
One of the jewels in the Dunes of Texel National Park crown is of course the Slufter. This unique area attracts a lot of different bird species. At the northern end of the Slufter (at the end of the Oorsprongweg), two volunteer birdwatchers stay in the wardens’ hut throughout the breeding season. These volunteers from Staatsbosbeheer can tell you about the Slufter and the birds present there. The birdwatching viewpoint gives good views over the area where species such as Spoonbill, Eider, Redshank, Greenshank, Grey Plover, Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl are regularly seen.
This is your chance to visit a duck decoy. During the Wadden Islands Bird Festival, volunteers from Natuurmonumenten will give free guided tours of Eendenkooi Spang. Hear how this decoy was previously used to catch ducks. Nowadays the area is a peaceful area for wildlife and home to species such as Buzzard, Goshawk, Spotted Flycatcher, Icterine Warbler and Kingfisher.
Utopia nature reserve is part of the so-called ‘Bird Boulevard’ on Texel. Developed in 2009/2010, this reserve from Natuurmonumenten consists of shallow pools and low-lying islands. This provides the perfect habitat for species such as Avocet, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit. However, the area is famous for its Sandwich Tern colony, which numbers around 4,000 pairs.