The Putten nature reserve has an industrial past, because the area was used for the extraction of land for the production of bricks. It has now become a nature reserver that has grown into a mosaic of 16 hectare of moist hay meadows, lakes, swamps and groves. From the old poplar forests there are still a few plots for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. A short walk over an ancient dike gives good views over marshland and bushes.
Birds you can encounter here are Bluethroat, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler and Sedge Warbler, and also Reed Bunting and Grasshopper Warbler. In other words, De Putten is good to get to know songbirds of wetlands in the period around May.
You can park your car near the small shelter in Langeweide, Merelbeke. Click on the P in the map to get directions.
Terrain and HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Wetland, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer
Best time to visitSpring, Spring migration, Summer
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Please stay on the foot paths on the dike in order not to disturb wildlife in the reserve!
Reymere en Paardenweide