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Quackjeswater

Zuid-Holland  >  Netherlands

Dune lake surrounded by one of the most species-rich dune areas in Western Europe. Famous for it's large colonies of nesting Eurasian Spoonbill and Great Cormorant.

Description

The Quackjeswater is a varied dune area that consists of extensive dunes, wet dune valleys, marsh, quiet dune lakes and forest. You can walk all the way around the dune lake (3 km). You will pass a beautiful lookout point from where you have a view of the breeding colonies of Eurasian Spoonbill, Great Cormorant and Little Egret. Quackjeswater was the first place in the Netherlands where Little Egret started to breed. The best months to enjoy the breeding colonies are April and May. The Eurasian Spoonbill can already have chicks from mid-April. You can observe the breeding colonies while hundreds of birds come in to build nests or feed their young. In good years there are almost 300 Eurasian Spoonbill nests. Binoculars will do, but if you have a telescope it's definitely a plus on this lookout point. The viewpoint is only 300 m from the parkingplace, so you don't have to carry your telescope a long way.

The other parts of Quackjeswater are interesting too. Sometimes it feels like a primeval forest with the many big old and winding oaks. Because of the diversity in landscape and habitats the area has a huge variety of birds. Common Kingfisher is often seen. Little Grebe and Black-necked Grebe breed here. Common Tern and Sandwich Tern hunt above the waters in summer. The forest around the dune lake is full of singing birds. From Blackcap and Eurasian Bullfinch to Willow Tit and Long-tailed Tit. Great Spotted Woodpecker and Eurasian Green Woodpecker are regulars. In winter many species of ducks and geese can be seen on the dune lake.

Details

Access

The easiest way to go there is to click on the P on the map and you will get directions. Otherwise: From Rockanje: The Schapengorsedijk in the direction of Hellevoetsluis, this dike changes into the Duindijk. 100 m before the tunnel under the Dammenweg (N57) turn right. Immediately after the 'loop' turn left to the parking lot. From Hellevoetsluis: When leaving Hellevoetsluis, the Amnesty Internationallaan turns into the Provincialeweg (N497) after the roundabout. At the first intersection, turn left onto Voorweg. After 60 m turn right onto Haringvlietweg. After 1.3 km turn left onto the exit. After 160 m turn right at the t-junction, through the tunnel under Dammenweg (N57). Turn left 100 m after the tunnel. Immediately after the 'loop' turn left to the parking lot. From Dammenweg (N57) (only car traffic): Turn to Provincialeweg (N497) in the direction of Hellevoetsluis. After 1.4 km turn right onto Voorweg. After 60 m turn right onto Haringvlietweg. After 1.3 km turn left onto the exit. After 160 m turn right at the t-junction, through the tunnel under Dammenweg (N57). Turn left 100 m after the tunnel. Immediately after the 'loop' turn left to the parking lot.

From the parking place you can walk make a nice circular walk around the lake (3 km, see the map). The trail is marked with red posts.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Lake, Dunes

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

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Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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