The Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen is a dune area set up for the extraction of drinking water for the city of Amsterdam. The dune area is protected and only walking is allowed. But it is allowed to walk outside the paths. With 3400 hectares, the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen are one of the largest connected hiking areas in the Netherlands. In summer it looks a bit like an African desert. Every year more than 100 species of birds breed in the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen. Birds such as Little Ringed Plover, Bluethroat, Wood Lark, Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat. So it's a good area for birding with always nice birds to see and with also a big population of fallow deer and many foxes.
Birds you can see easily include: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Common Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Eurasian Coot, Great Cormorant, Great Egret, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Common Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Buzzard, Common Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Skylark.
There are several parkinglots. But you can get to the area by bike, on foot or by public transport. You can only explore the area on foot. There are many trail. The route shown on the map is about 10 km and passes the bird hide 'Oasis'. Entrance fee is 2 euro.