a boardwalk leads you right over the wetlands and marshes
from the Stilt Walker you have a nice view over the Wadden, including the Diving Duck bird hide
the newly created wetlands. Plants are already claiming the soil
the harbour is not yet overloaded
the Marker Wadden are part of the new National Park Nieuw Land ( meaning New Land)
work in progress
no Spoonbills in sight, but this little fellow keeps an eye on us
this bird hide is called White Spoonbill
the brand new Stilt Walker watchtower
In 1932 the Afsluitdijk tamed the wild Zuiderzee and changed it into a freshwater lake called IJselmeer.
The plan was
to reclaim land and in the following decades 4 polders were created. In 1975 a dike was built that cut off the southern part of the
IJselmeer. This new lake was called Markermeer, destined to become the new polder Markerwaard. But In 1986 the plans changed
and the lake got a recreational function.
As the Markermeer has no rivers feeding it, the water has become murky
and a suffocating layer of sediment is covering the bottom.
In 2012 a plan was raised to create a series of atol-like islands,
called Marker Wadden, to improve water quality and provide a foraging place for migratory birds. Construction started in
2016 and soon the new lands surfaced. In September
2018 the Marker Wadden were opened to the public and on the last day of that month we were one of the first to visit the new lands.
The project runs through 2020, but Mother Nature wasted no time and in 2017 the
first wild plants appeared, small fish and plankton had populated the shallow waters and thousands of birds showed up.
the Marker Wadden already show up on Google Maps, this is from early 2018
the Marker Wadden can only be reached by boat. Here we approach the harbour entrance
one of the thriving plants is the swamp ragwort Senecio congestus
the Marker Wadden are constructed by the world famous dutch company Boskalis. This is their HQ at the islands
the Stilt Walker with its characteristic silhouette sits atop a dune
watch your step, this is quicksand