The eastern part of the island is formed by the unique Boschplaat nature reserve, with high dunes, sand plains, salt marshes, swamps and a forest that has arisen all by itself: the Birch Valley. This beautiful area has been a European nature reserve since 1970. There are all kinds of rare wild plants and huge numbers of different birds. Colonies of spoonbills, common tern and various gull species also breed here. To give them their much-needed rest, bird watchers watch during the breeding season and some parts are closed to visitors from 15 March to 15 August. There are also many birds to be seen outside the breeding season: especially wading birds, which look for food at low tide. The Staatsbosbeheer regularly organizes excursions to this special area.
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