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).
The area is important for its two traditional breeding sites of Platalea leucorodia.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include military training (De Hors) and increasing tourism, although large areas are closed to the public during the breeding season. The site is largely owned and managed as Nature Reserves by the National Forestry Service. The saltmarsh and mudflats are included in the SPA- and Ramsar-designated Wadden Sea.
National Partial International None70 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Hanenplas, 70 ha). 5 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Hanenplas II, 5 ha). 51 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Korverskooi, 51 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Waddenzee I, 125,000 ha). 300 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Waddenzee II, 80,000 ha). 9 ha covered by Nature Reserve (`t Stoar, 9 ha). 4 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Petten, 4 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Duinen Midden, Texel, 1,284 ha). 1,370 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Duinen Noord, Texel, 1,370 ha). 1,092 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Duinen Zuid, Texel, 1,092 ha).
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