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Groot Rietveld

Oost-vlaanderen  >  Belgium

Kind of a strange place, in the middle of the industrial areas of Antwerp. But a really good birding place consisting of 2 pools, partially filled with reed. 

Added by Luc

Description

Groot Rietveld is an important breeding area for waterbirds. It has a seize of 80 hectare. Among the birds you can see here are European Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, Common Kingfisher, Bluethroat, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Grebe, Black-necked GrebeGarganeyNorthern Shoveler and Great Bittern.

Details

Access

By car from Antwerp: On the Expresweg towards the coast, take the Zwijndrecht industrial area exit. At the traffic lights, continue straight ahead and take the Expresweg to the right just before the railway bridge. This is the Kwarikweg from which you have a wonderful overview of the Groot Rietveld.

By car or bicycle from Beveren or the Waasland: Drive to the center of Kallo. Turn right at the traffic lights in the center. Turn right just before the power station's entrance gate. You leave the entrance to Fort Sint-Marie 100 meters further on the left and you turn right onto the 'dijk' (Kwarikweg). In front of you is the sprayed on (northern) part of the Groot Rietveld. Follow the asphalt road to the right to view the entire west side of the area.

By bike from Antwerp: Take the bike path next to the Expresweg to the coast and ride along the entire industrial area of ​​Zwijndrecht. Just before the railway bridge you take the Expresweg on the right. This is the Kwarikweg from which you have a wonderful overview of the Groot Rietveld.

By bike from Zwijndrecht: Drive via the Neerstraat to the car viaduct over the Expresweg (there is a two-way cycle path next to the motorway). Once you cross the bridge you continue to follow the Expresweg past the traffic lights. Just before the railway bridge you take the Expresweg on the right. This is the Kwarikweg from which you have a wonderful overview of the Groot Rietveld.

By public transport: Take Bus 83 (from Antwerp Left Bank via Beveren-Markt) or Bus 88 (from tram terminal Zwijndrecht) to the center of Kallo. Cross the traffic lights again in the direction of Expresweg. After 20 meters you turn left towards Park van Kallo. Walk past the park (or take a look) and continue straight on via a cobblestone road until you reach Groot Rietveld. The Kwarikweg is located on the oil tanks with a view of the entire Groot Rietveld.

The site is not big and easy accessible. No roads on the site itself but along the edges, where you can park and watch birds over the reedbeds.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, Slippery

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Links

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

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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