The Mirnserklif sand bars project was initiated to create foraging, resting and nesting habitat for birds dependent on reed and marshes by extension of the marshland.
Location: Southeast of the city of Stavoren, IJsselmeer area, the Netherlands
Date: 1993- 1994
Involved parties: Rijkswaterstaat, It Fryske Gea, Natuurmonumenten
Technology Readiness Level: 7 – system prototype demonstration in operational environment
Keywords: Sand nourishment, terrestrial habitat, birds, erosion, sedimentation, rising water level
Mirnserklif is located along the Frisian IJsselmeer coast, east of the city of Stavoren in the northern parts of the Netherlands. It is connected to the nature area ‘Mokkebank’ which is managed by the nature protection association ‘It Fryske Gea’. In 1993, four undefended (e.g. not protected by any artificial structure) sand bars were constructed. In total, 120,000 m3 sand was replaced.The height of the sand bars varied from 0,20 m +NAP to 0,20 m –NAP.
The main goal of the project was to create foraging, resting and nesting habitat for birds dependent on reed and marshes by extension of the marshland. As this project was executed a little over a decade ago, the case Mirnserklif serves as a historical case from which lessons can be learned. View pilot location in a larger map. Information on other historic pilots can be found in: Workumerbuitenwaard and It Soal.