Limburg  >  Belgium

Two ponds with large reed beds located between Zonhoven and Molenheide.

Added* by Erik Schorpion
Most recent update 18 November 2021
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The Ballewijer nature reserve is enclosed in the urban areas of Zonhoven and Molenheide. The area consists of two ponds. The ponds with their reed beds are of great value for waterfowl, amphibians and dragonflies. The edge of the marsh and ponds is a biotope that mainly attracts Bluethroat and Water Rail. The marsh contains both Woodcock and Snipe. The small reed beds are home to breeding birds like Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting. Other birds that you can see are Osprey, Little Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard and Northern Shoveler and also waders during bird migration.


Nederlands: Natuurgebied De Ballewijer ligt ingesloten in de bebouwing tussen Zonhoven centrum en Molenheide. Het bestaat uit twee vijvers. De vijvers zijn met hun rietkragen van grote waarde voor watervogels, amfibieën en libellen. De rand van het moeras en de vijvers is een biotoop dat vooral Bluethroat en Water Rail aantrekt. In het moeras komen zowel Woodcock als Snipe voor. De kleine rietkragen herbergen broedvogels als Reed Warbler en Reed Bunting. Andere vogels die je kunt zien zijn Osprey, Little Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard en Northern Shoveler en gedurende de vogeltrek ook steltlopers.



Parking along the road by car, bicycle or on foot. There is a viewing platform with info panels. The area can only be viewed from this platform.


Nederlands: Langs de weg parkeren met de auto, fiets of te voet. Er is een uitkijkplatform met infopanelen. Het gebied is enkel via deze kijkhut te verkennen.

Terrain and Habitat

Reedbeds , Scattered trees and bushes



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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