Frisian IJsselmeer coast

Hindeloopen borders on the Frisian IJsselmeer coast, a very special scenic part of Friesland, extending from Makkum to Lemmer.

“A representative of  Staatsbosbeheer (Dutch Forestry Commission) tells us that Súdwest Fryslân was once a swampy, inaccessible region. Today it is a paradise rich of water for nature lovers as well as water- and meadow birds.”

North of Workum the Workumerwaard can be found with its grassy vegetation and a substantial reed border. This area houses one of the largest Dutch colonies of common terns with as many as 1433 pairs in 2000!

Nature reserve ‘Stoenckherne’
Between Hindeloopen and Workum you will find nature reserve Stoenckherne with its reed swamps, moist infertile meadows, shoals and mud flats outside the dike. The inside of the dike, the Workumer Nieuwland has a similar landscape as well as intensively used pastures and fields. It is a paradise rich of water for both lovers of nature and meadow- and water birds.

Source: Vogelbescherming Nederland (Dutch Birds Protection)

Bocht fan Molkwar (near Molkwerum)
Along the IJsselmeer coast, in the Bocht fan Molkwar a few islands were created by It Fryske Gea (Frisian nature conservancy) in 1995. Since then the landscape varies from lean meadows, reeds, brushwood and raised sandy flats. Those man-made islands are of great importance to the ruffs. The bare soil is a great nesting place and around April even over 15.0000 birds stop the night sometimes. Other resident birds are plovers, avocets and colony birds, such as common terns, black-headed and herring gulls. Many special plants can be found on the islands, such as the pretty centaury.

On the cut reed- and infertile land of the Bocht fan Molkwar meadow birds are sitting, amongst them garganeys and lapwings. The blue-headed wagtail feels very much at home there as well. Ducks, marsh harriers and a great many bearded reedlings find shelter in the reed lands and fringes. Also reed warblers and reed buntings can be heard and seen here. Grebes sit in colonies.

You cannot walk freely in the ‘Bocht fan Molkwar’, but from the bird-watching cabin you have a great view of the entire area. The cabin can be reached by following the sea dike from Molkwerum to Hindeloopen. There are notice boards with information to be found at the dike and in the bird-watching cabin. Near the cabin is a parking lot next to the road on the Noorderdijk. (Source: It Fryske Gea (Frisian nature conservancy)

Spectacular Gaasterland coast
The Frisian IJsselmeer coast south of Stavoren is characterized by the Oudemirdumer-, the Mirnser- and the Rode Klif (Cliff), the Steile (Steep) Bank and the Mokkebank. The last two of them are areas with reed swamps, mud flats, brushwood and sandbanks. The area is of great importance for resting birds as well as a moulting place for grebes (sometimes over 10.000 birds).



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