Marker Wadden

Lake Markermeer  >  Netherlands

Marker Wadden is a new human made island in lake Markermeer. Want to see spectacular pionier nature developing with the species that fit in? This is the place!

Added by Debby Doodeman


Marker Wadden is a unique new nature area in development. The islands are laid with sand, clay and sludge from the Markermeer. This very big project contributes to the nature recovery of the Markermeer. New nature is developing on this new group of islands with natural shores. Both below and above water. A natural paradise for fish and birds and a wonderful place for birding.

Large numbers of Avocet and Common Tern were breeding here in 2019. Other birds that are also the first to start breeding on the island were Little Tern, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover and Common Ringed Plover, White Wagtail and different types of ducks such as Tufted Duck, Gadwall and even a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Spectacular in 2019 was the first time a Long-tailed Duck was breeding in The Netherlands. New breeding birds in 2019 were also Western Yellow WagtailReed WarblerReed Bunting, Common Redshank , Water Rail and Black-necked Grebe.



Marker Wadden is an island in lake Markermeer. So acces only by boat. You can visit the place with your own boat or join a excursion.

Terrain and Habitat




Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer, Autumn


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Entrance fee is EUR 6 (EUR 4,20 if you are a member of Natuurmonumenten). If you come with your own boat you can reserve a spot and pay for it via the Blue Water App. It the app doesn't work for you, you can pay by card. The people who will receive you are all volunteers. Every 24u it € 1,3 per meter boat (50% discount for members Natuurmonumenten). The money is used to maintain the island.


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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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