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Gevaert Vijvers

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Medieval ponds in a forested valley as a green oasis in a residential area.

Added by Mark Snethlage

Description

The Gevaert Vijvers are ponds that were created along the Molenbeek in the Middle Ages by the monastry for fish production. Nowadays most ponds are in private ownership and fenced but one can still enjoy some birding from the public footpath (Visserspad) that follows the stream. The ponds attract some waterfowl such as Common Teal, Tufted Duck and Gadwall. In recent years, Great Cormorant and Great Egret have become a more common sight. During migration, and especially when water levels are low, the muddy shores attract some passing waders such as Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Common Greenshank. Interesting breeding birds are: Common Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Hawfinch.

Details

Access

The area is best accessed from the railway station of Sint Genesius Rode. From there it is a 2 minutes walk until the start of the Visserspad that runs along all the ponds.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Lake, Valley

Conditions

Hilly

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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