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Bourgoyen Ossemeersen

Flanders  >  Belgium

The Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen remains the top birding place in Ghent. It features especially wetland birds, and occasionally a rarity is found.

Added by Bastiaan

Description

The Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen has long been one of the top inland sites for Belgian birdwatchers, and still remains a very good site even if wintering bird numbers are under a sharp decline. It features a diversity of water-habitats (influenced by the variable water height), such as a lake, old river meander, reedlands, ... There are some smaller forests and also large grasslands. It is easily visited, and the relatively large number of birders means that regularly a rarity is found.

Birding depends on water levels and seasons. Especially after a dry summer autumn can be disappointing, but bird numbers always increase in december. During January-May birding is often rewarding.

Just a few of the nice birds you can see here are Penduline TitBluethroatEurasian Spoonbill and Smew.

When visiting on fair weather weekend days you can expect a lot recreation in the reserve, making birding less enjoyable. Note that 'De Afgraving' is added as a seperate site for people who don't have the time or ability to do the entire tour.

Details

Access

Several car parks are indicated on the map. From here you have to walk. There is circular trail worth doing, especially during spring.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Forest, Mud flats, Lake, Grassland, River

Conditions

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Winter

Route

Wide path, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Birdingplaces Near

Leeuwenhof

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Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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