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De Maten, Genk

Limburg  >  Belgium

Area with a mix of lakes and heath-covered dunes, ponds and marshes, swamp forest and meadows. Great Bittern and Little Bittern breed here. Natura 2000 reserve.

Added by Greet Sienap

Description

The large reed fields are an ideal residence for reed and marsh birds. Many birds breed here. For the migratory birds, the reserve is an important stopping place to regain strength on their journey south or north. 

Details

Access

By car. Parking lots around the area in Genk and Diepenbeek (see map) Public transport: Genk: train, De Lijn: G5 Genk Station - Termien

Terrain and Habitat

Lake, Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes, Reedbeds, Moors/heathland, Forest

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration, Spring, Summer, Autumn

Route

Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

Trails are pointed out with different indications for each distance depending between 1,2 km and 10 km. The route you see on the map is 10 km.

Links

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

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