Lookout-tower with fine views over the Wadden Sea with most of the time loads of birds. Rather hidden on a pier behind the harbor of Den Oever. The bird watch tower is eight meters high and offers a great view of salt marshes, mud flats and the breeding island of Vogelsand. The observation tower has two floors and information panels (in Dutch) about wading birds. From the tower you have views of different habitats with different types of birds. Just below you there is the salt marsh of Den Oever, right in front of you is the Wadden Sea, on the right the harbor and a little further the island Vogelsand with in spring and summer a large Eurasian Spoonbill colony. From the observation tower you can always see wading birds and often seals. In the winter the harbor often sees Red-breasted Merganser. On good days the number of birds is sensational and you can see thousands of wading birds at the same time. From Bar-tailed Godwit to Eurasian Curlew and from Dunlin to many other species of waders, ducks and geese. But also for example Snow Bunting (in winter), Short-eared Owl and Horned Lark are seen here. On the day of the opening in 2018, even the extremely rare Terek Sandpiper was observed.
You can park in the nearby harbour (click on the P on the map to go there directly) and from there it is an easy walk to the observation tower.
Terrain and HabitatGrassland, Sea, Beach, Mud flats, City/village
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitAutumn migration, Spring migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
A telescope is always preferable when you visit the Wadden Sea. Birds can be far away. On the observation tower there is a (free to use) telescope installed, but the quality is poor. But you can see the Eurasian Spoonbill colony with it.
The observation point at Normerven, 9 km to the west is also a very good place for waders and water- and seabirds. And to the east Breezanddijk on the Afsluitdijk should not be missed.