Grand étang de Boitsfort (Etang du Moulin)

Bruxelles  >  Belgium

Small birding oasis on the edge of Brussels and bordering the Forêt de Soignes forest. Some nice surprises can be found here.

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Most recent update 20 August 2020
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At the SE exit of Brussels, in a green setting lies a large pond on the edge of the Forêt de Soignes (forest). Surrounded by park, tree-lined slopes and footpath. This pond is home to many common nesting birds in Brussels but has some nice surprises in store like Little Bittern, Black Tern, Common Goldeneye, Little Grebe, Water Rail and Common Kingfisher.


Français: A la sortie SE de Bruxelles, dans un écrin de verdure. Grand étang à la lisière de la Forêt de Soignes, entouré de parc, talus arborés et chemin piétons. Cet étang accueille nombre d'oiseaux nicheurs communs à Bruxelles mais réserve de belles surprises : blongios nain, guifette noire, garot à oeil d'or, grèbe castagneux, martin pêcheur,



By train: 10 min walk from Boitsfort station By bus: 2 minutes: Tec 366 and Stib 17 Tram and bus: 10 minutes: Stib 8 and 95 (Wiener) Possibilities to park your bike.


Français: En train : 10 min à pied de la Gare de Boitsfort En bus : 2 minutes : Tec 366 et Stib 17 Tram et bus : 10 minutes : Stib 8 et 95 (Wiener) Possibilités d'accrocher son vélo.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Forest , Reedbeds , Valley



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Winter , Summer


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



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