De Slufter

Island of Texel  >  Netherlands

De Slufter is a unique inland tidal salt marsh and unique vegetation, providing a safe haven for breeding or wintering birds and high tide resting spot.

Added by Klaas de Jong


De Slufter on the Wadden Sea island of Texel is a unique inland tidal marsh which is great for birdwatching. Many ducks like Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye and Common Eider can be found here, waders like Dunlin, Red Knot, Grey Plover, European Golden-Plover, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Bar-tailed Godwit and others will rest here, while a variety of raptors, like Hen Harrier, European Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Kestrel, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Northern Goshawk and Merlin, comes by to find them.



There are several entrances, but the main entrance is at the west end of Slufterweg, where you find a large staircase and a wheelchair path. The best entrance is a few kilometres north, at the west end of Oorsprongweg, where you cross the dune over a steep path to find a look-out point.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Mud flats, Dunes, Valley


Swampy, No shadow, High water possible, Open landscape, Flat

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Summer, Spring migration, Autumn migration, Autumn, Spring


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In spring, there is usually a flock of Eurasian Spoonbill. The raptors are numerous, especially in winter, and the north entrance is especially good to find the rare Hen Harrier, in a hunt if you're lucky!


Birdingplaces Near

On the island of Texel are many great places for bird watching: like  Robbenjager, Utopia, De Muy, Polder Waalenburg, etc.

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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