Marker Wadden is a unique new nature area in development. The islands are laid with sand, clay and sludge from the Markermeer. This very big project contributes to the nature recovery of the Markermeer. New nature is developing on this new group of islands with natural shores. Both below and above water. A natural paradise for fish and birds and a wonderful place for birding.
Large numbers of Avocet and Common Tern were breeding here in 2019. Other birds that are also the first to start breeding on the island were Little Tern, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover and Common Ringed Plover, White Wagtail and different types of ducks such as Tufted Duck, Gadwall and even a pair of Red-crested Pochard. Spectacular in 2019 was the first time a Long-tailed Duck was breeding in The Netherlands. New breeding birds in 2019 were also Western Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Common Redshank , Water Rail and Eared Grebe.
Marker Wadden is an island in lake Markermeer. So acces only by boat. You can visit the place with your own boat or join a excursion.
Terrain and HabitatWetland
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring, Summer, Autumn
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Entrance fee is EUR 6 (EUR 4,20 if you are a member of Natuurmonumenten). If you come with your own boat you can reserve a spot and pay for it via the Blue Water App. It the app doesn't work for you, you can pay by card. The people who will receive you are all volunteers. Every 24u it € 1,3 per meter boat (50% discount for members Natuurmonumenten). The money is used to maintain the island.