About The Prunje & Plan Redshank
The Prunje is a polder between Moriaanshoofd and Serooskerke, crossed by the N59 provincial road. A few years ago these lean pastures were returned to the natural environment (330 Ha). Previous creeks from this old polder have recovered and are refilled with salt and brackish water.
The vast clay marshes are an important place for many (water) birds to forage, breed and rest. Spoonbills, egrets, partridges, different species of geese, sea gulls, ducks, turels and many other birds, draw many bird lovers from inland and abroad. You will regularly find people watching beautiful bird species with their enormous binoculars on “the bird boulevard”(Delingsdijk). Few remarkable observations have been registered; like the grey and red phalaropes, osprey, yellow shank, Siberian dunlin and many others.
The variety of salt tolerating vegetation is enormous. E.g. marsh glasswort, Samphire, sea blite, sea lavender and many more.
The area is limited accessible. South of the N59 there is a shell path, which leads to the watchtower. Look out for cows, which walk freely around here and keep the grass short. You will get a good view from the Delingsdijk and the Prunjehil (former waste dump), please park your car in the designated areas. From here it is possible to see the Oosterschelde. Along the Slikweg a bird watching screen has been placed.
The Prunje is part of a nature development project, Plan Redshank. This plan consists out of 44 areas that lend themselves perfectly to nature development. They serve to compensate the growing losses of uncovered marshes and sand banks in the Oosterschelde. This process of sand starvation develops itself when the tide has less power. This is due to the cause of the Oosterscheldekering (Delta works). This sand starvation causes a decrease in the water bird population; a nature compensation plan like The Prunje offers an alternative. In the meantime the whole of the south coast of Schouwen has been excavated and nature areas both inside and outside of the dikes have been restructured.
The redshank can be spotted around the Oosterschelde year round. These birds breed on the marshes and salty grass lands and leave for the coastal areas of Africa in the autumn. Their cousins, the redshanks from the far north, take over their place to over-winter in autumn. This way the redshank symbolizes the importance of foraging-, resting- and breeding areas.