Due to its open connection with the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site, nature area ’t Oerd is regularly submerged under water. And this is clearly visible in the island's flora such as glasswort, a halophyte that is now cultivated and when it's in season you’ll find it on many of the island menus.
‘t Oerd is a paradise for a vast array of birds. More than three thousand herring gulls brood here. You can also see spoonbills, curlews, wheatears and if you're really lucky maybe even a hen harrier. From the highest dune on Ameland, the 24-metre high Oerdblinkert, you can look out over the entire Wadden Sea and even see Schiermonnikoog.
At the foot of the dune you’ll find a small hut with information about the birds in the area and other interesting tidbits. On your way back to the village why not take a little detour through the new nature of the Kooioerdstuifdijk? You’ll discover lots of interesting plants such as the early-marsh orchid and seaside centaury.