Het Grote Vlak

Island of Texel  >  Netherlands

Water from the dunes runs towards the south point of Texel. Het Grote Vlak consists of a few lakes in this water course.

Added by Klaas de Jong


Het Grote Vlak often holds a lot of ducks ( Northern Shoveler , Gadwall , Northern Pintail , Common Shelduck , Eurasian Wigeon and in spring  Garganey ), gulls and grebes. Sometimes waders, like Black-tailed Godwit , are abundant and few songbirds, like Water Pipit and European Stonechat (sometimes even Bluethroat ), can be found. The area is also good for finding Stock Dove , Northern Wheatear and in winter Rough-legged Buzzard .



Het Grote Vlak is easily accessible from the village of Den Hoorn towards the beach. You can park on the roadside, but try to give way to cyclists on the parallel cycle path.

Terrain and Habitat

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


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

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Carefully look at songbirds, it is one of the few places with good chances for Water Pipit .


Birdingplaces Near

The south point of the island is nearby and holds several good birding places, like de Petten, de Mokbaai, de Geul, de Horsmeertjes and de Hors. Also the forest on Texel, called de Dennen, is nearby and birdrich. And of course the beach. Migration over sea can be pretty impressive from a high dune.

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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