Duinen en Lage Land Texel

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2016)
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Area: 3,374 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 low very unfavourable medium
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Site description
An extensive area of sand-dunes that stretches along 25 km of the North Sea side of Texel island; the width of the site varies from 200 m (near De Koog village) to 2 km. Important habitats include small lakes and dune-slacks (e.g. De Muy, De Geul), sea inlets with saltmarshes (De Slufter, De Mok), sandflats (De Hors), shifting and fixed dunes, and cord-grass Spartina swards. Parts of the inner dunes are covered by forestry plantations (largely excluded from the site). Hunting is allowed but with restrictions on quarry species. Other land-uses include scattered houses, recreational facilities, and groundwater abstraction. This site, together with site 002, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL002) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key biodiversity
The area is important for its two traditional breeding sites of Platalea leucorodia.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Duinen en Lage Land Texel. Downloaded from on 19/01/2022.