Postal address
Postbus 132, 4530 AC Terneuzen

Visitors address
Schelpenpad 2, 4531 PD Terneuzen, Nederland.

Tel: +31 (0) 115 647400, Fax: +31 (0) 115 647500


Nature Management


The ecological management of the greenery in the port area is our way of trying to maintain and improve biodiversity in the area. Our policies are geared towards trying to accommodate as many different types of plants and animals as possible, wherever possible. Naturally, we try to do this without including specific animals and plants which are, from a legal point of view, deemed a danger to the further development of the port complex.


We value the preservation of nature and the environment. On the one hand, we try to do this by exploring/testing the results of the (proposed) activities for the spatial complexity of Natura 2000 and the main ecological structure areas surrounding our management area. On the other hand, we try to maintain the diversity of flora and fauna right up to the time when a company opens an establishment in that area. In other words, fallow land remains that way until its required for other purposes. We want to maintain the flora and fauna, and where possible improve it, in areas which cannot be used by companies (verges, dikes, power lines, etc.)


The ecological nature management for the Sloe area was set down in a plan in 2010. It was then executed. The plan for Terneuzen was completed in 2013 and ecological management has been launched in a number of places.


Nesting birds


The port and industry areas are home to large numbers of European Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls that nest on fallow, unused and some company plots. The ongoing development of port and industry areas means that more and more nesting grounds will be lost over the course of the next few years. This will increase the presence of gulls in the remaining areas. As a result, gulls may move to locations which are less desirable like allocated company plots or vulnerable nature areas on the Hooge Platen in the Western Scheldt.


Zeeland Seaports has been asked to create a gull management plan. This plan will describe how land can be made available to the gulls within the port and industry areas in Vlissingen-Oost.


Common Spoonbills


There are breeding grounds for a relatively large population of common spoonbills in the former FMT plots, on the Frankrijkweg, in Vlissingen-Oost. This special population breeds within a large colony of gulls. A number of projects were created by various parties active in the Lepelaarfonds Zeeland Seaports in 2013. The focus of the projects is on the possible creation of new breeding grounds and on improving the opportunities for these birds to find food.