Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code NL940001)
  • Since 1970
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 44 km2 (4400.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Site contact authorities

Manager STAATSBOSBEHEER Jhr. H. Horn Longway 28, 8881 CM Terschelling-West
Information STAATSBOSBEHEER (National Forest Service) Region Fryslân P.O. Box 1726 NL-8901 CA Leeuwarden STAATSBOSBEHEER (National Forest Service) Longway 28, 8881 CM Terschelling-West State Forest Service District-Office Terschelling, Longway 28 NL-8881 CM West-Terschelling
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General character of the site Terschelling is the middle island of the five inhabited Wadden Sea islands. It is 30 km long and 3-4 km across. Although part of its western half is developed for tourism, the eastern third- De Boschplaat- is an uninhabited nature reserve. 
Vulnerability Pollution of the Wadden Sea is decreasing, proposed off-shore oil/gas drillings outside the reserve on longer term, visitors entering the prohibited areas on foot (no serious threath, as long as the present management can be continued the situation is under control), in carriages and by boat; illegal use of motor vehicles. There is disturbance from low-flying aircraft. The polder meadows are grazed by geese outside the reserve. 
Owner The reserve is state-owned. 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1970), Boschplaat Netherlands, Strasbourg, 28 p.. 
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Educational interest Guided tours are offered. There is a visitor centre at West-Terschelling special for school groups and situated in the central part of the site. 
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100