Dunes in Hoek van Holland
The dunes of Hoek van Holland primarily consist of coastal dunes and hook dunes. The hook dunes are at right angles to the dunes alongside the coast; they were directly located at the bank of the original Meuse. Because the course of the river changed these hook dunes are now located inland. A beautiful remnant is the Staelduinse forest that is still somehow connected to the coastal dunes via the Nieuwlandse Dune.
The dunes along the coast consist of ‘original’ dunes with landscaped dunes preceding them. Examples of the ‘original’ dunes are the Hoekse Shrubs, the Roomse Dune and the Vineta Dune. The area supplemented with sand in the 70s now consists of the current coastal dunes with a dune valley behind them.
A large part of the dunes of Hoek van Holland has been designated, at European level, as protected area, named ‘Kapittel Dunes’. This area is important for the Ecological Main Structure and is rich with birds such as the Grey Partridge, the European Stonechat, the Linnet and the Long-eared Owl that feel right at home in this diverse landscape. Of great value are the bright green sand lizard, and the Natterjack Toad with its subtle back stripe. Fortunately, almost the entire area is open to the public. The walker and cyclist shall certainly notice the wide variety of this flat landscape that consists of dunes, forest dunes, grass lands, dune heaths, thickets, pools and brushwood. While cycling or walking you could discover the rare corn flower and various orchids.
From the Sea Tower at the Helmweg there are regular excursions for parts of this area. The tower provides a magnificent view of the dunes and the nearby Westland.