Texelvogeleiland (NL)



The Dutch Knights

Marc Guyt, Gert Ottens en Martijn Verdoes( the Dutch Knights) weten van geen ophouden. De veteranen van de Champions of the Flyway zijn er voor de derde maal op rij weer bij in 2019! Dus wederom geen stoffige warme woestijnen met strakblauwe luchten. Nee, waarschijnlijk kou, regen en vooral… tegenwind! Is dit team weer bestand tegen de Texelse elementen?

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Organisation of the Wadden Islands Bird Festival / Texel Big Day

The Wadden Islands Bird Festival, which raises money for birds on Texel, takes a lot of organisation. The majority of the costs are borne by the Dunes of Texel National Park and the Bird Information Centre. Your contribution will ensure that we can look after our hardworking volunteers, cover accommodation, room hire and advertising costs for the event. Without your kind support the Wadden Islands Bird Festival would not be possible.

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Protect the dune birds such as curlew and wheatear

In 2018, the Wadden Islands Bird Festival and the Texel Big Day will focus attention on House Martins. Although House Martins still breed in various locations on the island, they are having a difficult time. This is a well-known species that builds its characteristic nests under eaves of houses. Vogelbescherming Nederlandand SOVON have chosen the species as bird of the year 2018, and this is for good reason.

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Digital avifauna of Texel

One of the most frequently asked questions in the Bird Information Centre is: Where are the best places to see or photograph certain species on Texel? This information is of course well known, but amongst a limited number of people. We would like to collate this information and make it accessible to visitors to Texel who want to enjoy its birds. This way everybody can plan their visit and maximise their enjoyment. However, the creation of a digital avifauna costs a lot of time and money.

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Habitat management in de Tuintjes

The area of the dunes known as de Tuintjes, just south of the lighthouse, is possible the most popular area for birdwatchers to search for birds. Thanks to various activities organised by the Bird Information Centre (such as nest box painting and the sale of used books), enough money was raised to help Staatsbosbeheer with large-scale habitat management.

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New breeding beaches along the eastern side of Texel

Although we have been able to create a number of shell islands for birds in recent years, it is still necessary to renew or expand other beaches. It takes a lot of effort from site manager Natuurmonumenten to maintain these areas so that birds have a safe place to breed and so that everyone to enjoy the birds at these sites. The charity recognises the importance of these areas for both birds and birdwatchers and continues to support the improvement and renewing of the shell islands and beaches.

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