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Diksmuide, region of Flanders
Size: 166 hectares

Habitat: Ramsar and SPA site. Flat area with inundated hay-meadows and grasslands along the Ijzer river. The Blankaart is a shallow freshwater lake with extensive reedbeds and Salix marshes.

Birds & wildlife: Interesting site for birds breeding in reedbed habitat such as Bittern, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Reed Warbler, Bluethroat. Important site for migrating and wintering birds.

Visiting & access: Visitor centre 'De Otter' (Iepersesteenweg 56, 8600 Woumen-Diksmuide), partly accessible on paths, groups can go by boat with a guide.



Wachtebeke, Moerbeke, region of Flanders
Size: 184 hectares. Habitat: Heath and forest habitat.
Birds & wildlife: Heathland species such as Woodlark (right) and Nightjar breed in the reserve.
Visiting & access: There are 3 marked trails, which are easily accessible.

Les Marais

d’Harchies-Hensies-Pommeroeul.Bernissart-Hensies, Wallonie region

Size: 500 hectares

Habitat: The wetlands of Harchies-Hensies-Pommeroeul were brought into existence by ground surface subsidence resulting from the collapse of underground mine workings. The main interest of this site lies in the presence of rich and various wet habitats: open water, fen, reedbed, wet grassland, carr woodland. Ramsar, SPA and p.SCI

Birds & wildlife: Interesting site for birds breeding in marshes and reedbed habitats: bittern, little bittern, bluethroat , cormorant, great reed warbler, reed warbler, marsh warbler, Cetti’s warbler, Savi’s warbler, sedge warbler, reed bunting, marsh harrier, water rail, kingfisher Important site for migrating and wintering birds: goldeneye, goosander, smew, Bewick’s swan, great white egret, black-necked grebe, black tern, osprey. Interesting site also for dragonflies (about 25 species).

Visiting & access: Partly accessible on paths with observation hides, guided walks can also be organised

Belgian terns online

Birdwatchers can now visit the largest breeding colony of terns in Western Europe with a simple mouse click, thanks to two new sophisticated web cams installed by Natuurpunt (part of BirdLife Belgium).

The expansion of the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium has not only attracted shipping, but also large numbers of terns. In less than 10 years, the peninsula at the east side of the port has been colonised in large numbers by three species. In 2004, over 7,000 pairs of terns bred at the port: 4,067 Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis (around 2% of the world population); 3,052 Common Terns S. hirundo; and 172 pairs of Little Terns S. albifrons.
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The Breeding Birds of the Turnhout Campine

The Breeding Birds of the Turnhout Campine

Only an hour the other side of the Channel is one of the most exciting areas for birding. This book tells you where to see Goshawk, Black Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Long-eared Owl, Black-tailed Godwit, Icterine Warbler, Woodlark, Golden Oriole, Egyptian Goose, Crested Tit, White wagtail and a hundred other species.It is also a diary of 50 years of bird-watching by one of Europe's most experienced ornithologists.

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Turnhouts Vennengebied

Turnhout, region of Flanders
Size: 97 hectares
Habitat: SPA, pSCI. An area of grasslands and deciduous forests with relicts of heaths and oligothrophic fens.
Birds & wildlife: This is an important area for breeding and migrating meadow birds such as Black-tailed Godwit.
Visiting & access: Free access on the marked trails.

Uitkerkse polder

Blankenberge, region of Flanders

Size: 134 hectares

Habitat: SPA, pSCI. This coastal polder consists of grasslands, ditches, canals and reedbeds.

Birds & wildlife: Up to 36,000 Pink-footed Goose and 30,000 White-fronted Goose winter in the polder region. This site is one of the best meadow areas of Flanders.

Visiting & access: The visitor centre 'Groenwaecke' (Kuiperscheeweg, Blankenberge) is open on Sundays and public holidays. There are 4 observation hides in the reserve. There are no paths, but the birds are easy to see from the public roads.

Vorte bossen

Ruiselede, region of Flanders
Size: 43 hectares
Habitat: pSCI. Broadleaf forest with relicts of the intermediary type of North Atlantic heaths.

Birds & wildlife: Small population of Woodlark and Nightjar.

Visiting & access: Visitors can enter the reserve by following the marked paths.


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