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 HabitatWetland, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes, Dunes, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, No shadow, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Carefully look at songbirds, it is one of the few places with good chances for Water Pipit .
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.