Mudflat hiking in the Wadden Sea
Engelsmanplaat - Along the northern coast of the Netherlands is a shallow belt of mudflats and sandy barrier islands. Usually it remains underwater, but twice a day, when the tide goes out, the waters retreat a massive expanse of tidal flats. This region is known as the Wadden Sea and it’s one of the largest natural large-scale intertidal ecosystems on earth. When the tide is low, mudflat hikers can walk from the mainland to the Engelsmanplaat, a small sandbank in the Wadden Sea. The only things you need are old shoes, a tide table, a guide and a good condition.
De KalkmanThe Engelsmanplaat is approximately 0.8 square kilometers in size and is almost completely submerged at high water.It is located between the islands Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. On the sandbank there is a bird watcher's house called the 'De Kalkman'. It is an ideal beacon for mudflat walkers because it can be seen from afar. In summer, volunteers watch over the Engelsmanplaat from the bird watcher's house. In addition to these bird watchers, a single mudflat walker and a windblown bridal couple(!)), the sandbank is the domain of sandpipers, common terns and regular terns.
Another beacon on the sandbar is the 'cape'. This one was installed by the government a few years ago, after the previous one had disappeared into the sea during a storm.