Abdij van ’t Park

Vlaams-Brabant  >  Belgium

Historical architecture combined with the natural landscape: open ponds and reedy bodies of water, forests and grassland in the neighbourhood.

Added* by Greet Sienap
Most recent update 31 March 2020


The 12 hectares of the area consist of four former fish ponds in the Molenbeek valley. The ponds have been managed in a nature-friendly way for ten years. They are a good place to make the first spring observations of Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Blackcap and Garden Warbler. During the winter half-year, in addition to modest numbers of Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Common Teal are present. Other duck species are seen to a lesser extent Gadwall, Northern Shoveler.

In recent years many rareties were seen during migration, like Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Purple Heron, Great Bittern, Long-tailed Duck, Penduline Tit, Common Scoter and Squacco Heron.



By car: Park Abbey, Abdij van Park 7, 3001 Leuven. And then walking. The circular route (see the map) is about 2.5 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Reedbeds , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Winter , Spring

Best time to visit



Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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