Texel: Schorren and Zeeburg

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 1,600 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description (baseline)
The site comprises a saltmarsh (De Schorren), adjacent intertidal mudflats (contiguous to site 001), cord-grass Spartina swards, and inland farmland managed for Branta bernicla (Zeeburg) on the north-eastern side of Texel, the Wadden Sea island. The saltmarsh is protected against erosion by 30 longitudinal levees. This site, together with site 003, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL002) in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key biodiversity
De Schorren is an important high-water roost for waders and ducks feeding in the Wadden Sea. The saltmarsh holds important breeding colonies of Platalea leucorodia, Sterna paradisaea and S. sandvicensis (until 1992). In spring Branta bernicla feeding inland are concentrated at Zeeburg to alleviate agricultural damage elsewhere on the island. Average seasonal peak number of waterbirds during 1992-1996 was over 20,000.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Texel: Schorren and Zeeburg. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.