De Horsmeertjes

Island of Texel  >  Netherlands

De Horsmeertjes are shallow lakes surrounded by thick scrubs and bushes. You can walk around a lake or enjoy one of the viewpoints.

Added by Klaas de Jong


The shallow lakes are often swarmed with ducks and grebes, sometimes geese, while on the sides you can find Grey Heron or even Great Egret. European Marsh Harrier can be seen hunting from the viewpoints. In spring, especially the path between the parking and the lakes is very good for songbirds like Willow Warbler , Linnet , Blackcap , Lesser Whitethroat and European Greenfinch, but also Icterine Warbler, Common Nightingale and Garden Warbler. The path between the lakes is good for Bluethroat. From the far viewpoint you have good views over both lakes.



You can park at the Mokbaai and walk from there. The first 600 meters are accessible by wheelchair or by bike, but be warned: you'll miss a lot of birds, like Goldcrest, while cycling!

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Lake, Dunes, Reedbeds, Scattered trees and bushes


Flat, Swampy, No shadow, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road, Unpaved road, Narrow trail, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The polder behind the lakes is called Kreeftepolder and is especially good for Bluethroat, but also European Stonechat, Reed Bunting and European Marsh Harrier are easy targets there.


Birdingplaces Near

The south point of Texel has many natural areas, like Mokbaai, De Geul and De Hors. A combination of these places is recommendable to spend a morning or even a whole day, dependend on the number of birds engaged.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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