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Goudse Hout

Zuid-Holland  >  Netherlands

A large city park on the northern part of Gouda; lots of waterfowl and reedbirds. 

Added by Bas Engels

Description

The "Goudse Hout" is a large city park on the northern part of Gouda en consists of an old peat meadow area with many high bushes, forested areas, ditches and ponds. There's a large body of water in the western part of the area. Many species of waterfowl can be found here, like GadwallTufted DuckNorthern Shoveler and Barnacle Goose. Also, scarce species like Red-crested Pochard can be found here. In summer, Common Tern uses the water body as foraging area. Large areas of reedbeds surround the water body, which are being used as breeding habitat for Reed WarblerSedge Warbler and Marsh Warbler. Also, scarce species like Cetti's WarblerSavi's Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler can be found here. 

The "Goudse Hout" mainly consists of old pastures with high bushes and forested areas. Within these areas, species like Lesser Whitethroat and Icterine Warbler breed. Other species, like Common Cuckoo and Eurasian Green Woodpecker can also be found here. Eurasian Hobby and European Marsh Harrier use the area as hunting ground. If you're lucky, small groups of Black Tern, Mediterranean Gull or even an Osprey pass overhead. 

In winter, the area is mainly used by large flocks of mixed songbirds, like finches and thrushes. Large groups of Siskin and European Goldfinch use the area as foraging area. In the ditches, Great Egret can be found.

Details

Access

There's a large parking spot in the southern part of the park. You're able to walk a circular route around the park on (mostly) paved roads. You can either choose to go on foot or by bike and is about 5 km long. There are several information boards in the park telling about the old peat landscape. In the central part of the park, just south of the large water body, a wildlife garden is located. You can enter it for free and walk around the garden. 

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Grassland, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Do you need a telescope?

No

Good birding season

Spring

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Paved road, Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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