New Bliek bird island in the Haringvliet inlet

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A new island has been created at the heart of the Haringvliet inlet in the NLDelta National Park. It provides breeding spots for birds and shallows where migratory birds can find food and fish can spawn and grow. As of 1 May, visitors will be able to travel to the island of Bliek by boat, where they will find a special bird observation point that gives them a second-to-none view of everything the island has to offer.

Places like this are rare in the Haringvliet inlet now, but are always bursting with life. The island is a bare sandbank and it's vital that it stays this way in order to offer birds the habitat they need. The expectation is that this will be the ideal environment for coastal breeders like Sandwich and common terns and Mediterranean gulls.

Since the end of 2018, the Haringvliet sluices have been left partially open for the first time since their permanent closure in 1970. As a result, migratory fish and birds now have the crucial access they need to the Rhine and Meuse rivers and the North Sea. However, the ebb and flow and sandbanks that birds and fish need so badly too will take some time to form, which is why an island was created as a source of vital food and breeding and spawning areas for birds and fish.