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 HabitatWetland, Mud flats, Dunes, Valley
ConditionsSwampy, No shadow, High water possible, Open landscape, Flat
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Summer, Spring migration, Autumn migration, Autumn, Spring
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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!
On the island of Texel are many great places for bird watching: like Robbenjager, Utopia, De Muy, Polder Waalenburg, etc.