The Roggesloot

The Roggesloot is named after the fish that swam around freely.

‘Sloot’ sounds a bit too poldery for the rugged creek, which separated Eierland from Vlieland. Fishermen ‘finge’ er roggen. They cooked the livers and made cod liver oil. When greater Texel ‘came into being’, the waves lapped freely between the Wadden Sea and Slufter. After 1835, the sturdy trench was still a tame inland water. Yet in 1850 a ray was caught, evolved from saltwater to freshwater fish.

Our small holiday park ́t Eibernest is located directly opposite De Roggesloot and from bungalow 32, 32a and 34 you have a view of De Roggesloot!


The Roggesloot and the banks of the nature reserve cover approximately 40 hectares of the Eierland polder. In the past, until the beginning of the seventeenth century, this was different: then the mudflat creek of the Wadden Sea ran all the way to the North Sea, near nature reserve De Slufter. In 1630, however, the sand dike was built, making the lake smaller. The salt water became brackish and many marine animals, such as the rays – from which the ditch owes its name – disappeared from the area.

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