The beach in Bredene was inaugurated in 2000 after a long battle but is now overcrowded. The Federation of Belgian Naturalists had its eye on a beach in Westende where there is no overview from local residents. The Nature and Forestry Agency is worried that activities in the margin of a nudist beach will be detrimental for the bird's survival.
Griet Buyse: "In Bredene the police repeatedly recorded that people enter the sand dunes for sexual contacts. The sand dunes are protected under EU law."
There's been a disappointed reaction from nudist organisations. Chair Koen Meulemans: "Naturalists on the beach respect their environment and their fellow citizens."