Nature areas

Terschelling is known for its beautiful and especially varied nature and nature reserves. The nature reserves of Terschelling are largely managed by Staatsbosbeheer. At the bottom of this page you can find more information about these nature reserves!

Versatile nature
The most special is that you will find many different landscapes on the island. And that in less than 60 km2! You can cycle through Bos, Duin, Heide and Polder landscape in 15 minutes. And if you want to get off the bus, you can walk to the immense beach of Terschelling for a wonderful walk-away walk or a nice cup of coffee in one of the beach pavilions.

Explore nature with an excursion
Well-known nature reserves of Terschelling are the Boschplaat on the east of the island, the Koegelwieck in Lies and the Noordsvaarder / Kroonpolders on West Terschelling. You can explore these areas yourself, however a large part of the Boschplaat is during the summer vacation not accessible to hikers because of the resting of breeding birds.
Nevertheless, there are various excursions to these areas offered. This is the best way to explore the Boschplaat with the covered wagon. And in collaboration with Staatsbosbeheer you can undertake many different types of very educational excursions, for both young and old!

Wadden Sea Unesco World Heritage
This special part of the world deserves special attention. The sea shows its bottom twice a day, and on such a large scale that it is UNIQUE in the world. That is why UNESCO has declared this area, which stretches from Den Helder to Esjberg in Denmark, World Heritage. That is something we can be proud of!

The world heritage concerns the 'wet' mudflats, not the islands themselves. It is the delivery room for millions of migratory birds. It is, in the crossing of the Sahara from North to South, the only stopping point with a kind of very large burger joint. Without the Wadden Sea Region, the migratory birds have an acute pit stop problem during their large migrations.
Excursions to the Wad from Terschelling are organized. For example, Flang has a cockle and oyster excursion in the Pan, where you learn to prepare and eat the sea fruit that was found right away in the cooking studio. The Waddenvereniging also has Wad excursions in the summer.

Nature areas on Terschelling

De Kooibosjes

The "Kooibosjes" or decoy bushes are situated near the small village of Hee and are managed by the Forestry Commission.  It's name is probably derived from "eendenkooi": a decoy pond for catching ducks, which was situated here once.
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De Koegelwieck

To the north of the village Lies, lies the Koegelwieck, the largest secondary dune valley in Terschelling, created during a large drift period on the island in the 19th century.
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Nature reserve de Boschplaat

The eastern part of the island contains unique nature reservation De Boschplaat, with tall dunes, sandbars, salt marshes, swamps and a forest that grew here spontaneously: the Berkenvallei (Birch Valley).  
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Stuivende duinen

The Forestry Commission wants to increase the diversity of the island's flora and fauna by using the influences of wind and sea.  The dunes between Paal 16 and 20 have been left to dynamically change without  human intervention.  
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This is a nature reserve on the north side of the cycle path near Paal 7. 
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"Doodemanskisten", literally translated as Dead Men's Chests, is a dune lake north of the town West -Terschelling. There are serveral stories about the name Doodemanskisten.
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"Griltjeplak" is a large wet dune valley. It is part of the "Noordsvaarder". Valleys in the dunes are called "plak".
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The name "crown polders" hints at a polder landscape. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is part of nature reserve De Noordsvaarder, and has beautiful dune valleys, moors and rich vegetation.
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The Noordsvaarder, one of the most beautiful and diverse natural areas of Terschelling, includes beaches on the west side of Terschelling, as well as the entire dune area north of the bicycle path to Marker 8.
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The North Sea beach of Terschelling is famous for only one thing: The enormous width of the beach is spectacular.
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Paal 3

The walking path to Paal 3 is beautiful, although narrow and muddy at times.  The path leads through tall bushes and cranberry meadows, and in places you can hear the running of water.
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Waddenzee Unesco Werelderfgoed

The route to Terschelling crosses the Wadden Sea, an area with a unique landscape and exceptional natural beauty.
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Van Hunenplak

The "Van Hunenplak" is a dune lake with a history. Special plant species were under threat when in the fifties Doodemanskisten was cleaned up.
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Terschellinger polder

With a length of no less than 12 kilometers, the Terschelling polder extends over a substantial part of the island. Yet you will never lose the island feeling, because the polder is only two kilometers wide.
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