Realized goals

In 2017, a new hide along the road in the reserve area Dorpzicht was constructed, with thanks to the province of North Holland. The idea came from the Bird Information Centre, while the province and Staatsbosbeheer developed the area into a reserve area. The charity Texel Bird Island manages the 6 ha area that lies in front of the hide.

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.

Thanks to the money raised through the birdwatching excursions organised the Bird Information Centre, the well-known beaches around the shell islands in the reserve area de Zandkes could be renewed in 2015. These shell beaches have a short life and often need to be replenished every four to five years. The islands in de Zandkes are known for the colony of Little terns that regularly breed there. This species bred again immediately after the beach was renewed.

Thanks to a contribution from the Bird Information Centre and the Lions Club Texel, a natural bank for breeding Sand Martins could be created at the Robbenjager. Sand Martins are a scarce breeding bird on Texel and could greatly benefit from more nesting habitat. We are grateful to the former owner of the Robbenjager (Jaap Groen) for making this possible.

Thanks to the money raised through birdwatching excursions organised the Bird Information Centre, it was possible to renew and enlarge the shell beaches in het Wagejot. This was done in consultation with Natuurmonunenten. Firstly, an old, overgrown, shell beach had to be cleared before a thick layer of new shells could be applied on top. This was done in part by volunteers during one of the work weekends organised by Natuurmonumenten.