Griend. Bird Island near Terschelling, Wadden Sea

Griend. Bird Island near Terschelling, Wadden Sea


Bird island in the Wadden Sea

Terschelling - Halfway the boat trip from Harlingen to Vlieland and Terschelling you pass bird island Griend. Unfortunately the boat does not stop here, but you can see it from a distance. Apart from the semi-permanent bird watcher, Griend is uninhabited. But this was not always the case. In the Middle Ages "Stedeke Grint" was a walled settlement with a monastery, in the middle of the Wad.

Storm surge

After the storm flood of 1287, a few farmers managed to keep their feet dry with the help of raised mounds. In the 19th century, people from the nearby Terschel island used Griend island for grazing sheep and collecting eggs.

Protected bird island

Griend has been a protected bird island since 1916. Due to tide that moves the sand, Griend is now a lot further south than during the Middle Ages.

Griend photo gallery

Terschelling trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information


    Postal code and City: Terschelling
    Region: Terschelling
    Province/Region: Waddeneilanden
    Web: Griend op Google street view

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2 hours.
    Bird island Griend is not open to the public, except during a very rare excursion.
    It is not possible to dock. On arrival, the last 1.5 kilometers to the island you have to walk on the dry mudflats.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Full moon

    Wadden residents

    Throughout the year, Griend is a breeding, flight and resting place. Sandwich terns, black-headed gulls, oystercatchers, common terns and spoonbills are regular guests on the island. The Wad around Griend is a true food bank for birds in transit. After a long journey, the birds regain weight here in a few weeks.

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