Terschelling is known for its beautiful and especially varied nature and nature reserves. The nature reserves of Terschelling are for the biggest part managed by Staatsbosbeheer. At the bottom of this page you can find more information about these nature reserves!
The most special thing is that you will find many different landscapes on the island. And that in less than 60 km2! You can cycle through the woods, dunes, heather and polder landscape in 15 minutes. And if you get off the bike for a moment, you can walk to the immense beaches of Terschelling, for a wonderful 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 not accessible to hikers during the summer vacation because of the breeding birds resting there.
Nevertheless, there are various excursions to these areas offered. The covered wagon is a nice way of exploring the Boschplaat and in collaboration with Staatsbosbeheer you can undertake many different types of 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.
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