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Island of Texel

Wadden Sea  >  Netherlands

Nearly 400 bird species are found on Texel. The favorable location on the western European migration route from Siberia makes Texel an important bird stop. Migratory birds can rest here and forage on the nutrient-rich mudflats of the Wadden Sea. The varied Texel landscape, with polders, marshes, dunes and forest, means there is a suitable piece of nature for every bird.


Texel is one of the best bird watching destinations in the Netherlands. Bird watchers from all over Europe come to this Wadden Sea island to watch birds. Rare birds are often seen and interesting birds can be seen all year round. Texel is well known for its variety of bird habitats: the North Sea, the tidal Wadden Sea, sand dunes, lagoons, bays, woods, wet and dry polderlands and meadow lands. Hundreds of thousands of birds gather on the Wadden Sea during bird migration. The island is easy to explore with a (rental) bicycle and interesting birds can be seen every season.

It is easy to explore the island yourself. But if you want to dive in deeper a birding excursion is a good option as Texel has some of the best bird guides in The Netherlands. One of them is Klaas de Jong, one of the most reputed bird watchers in the Netherlands. He described many areas on Texel on Birdingplaces. Klaas offers full day or half day birding tours. Recommended! For more information about Klaas' bird safaris, visit his website

Below we have listed the best birding areas for you. Zoom in on the map and click on the red star of a birdingplace on the map below to go to the detailed description of an area.