Handzame Broeken

West Vlaanderen  >  Belgium

An extensive agricultural area with some great wet and dry marshlands and willow tree lanes.

Added* by Henk Loobuyck
Most recent update 12 February 2020


The Handzame Broeken area consists of a extensive agricultural area, being mainly pastures, with scattered trees, bushes and willow tree lanes. The Kreekebeek river flows through the area and is a great spot for waterfowl, like Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon and Northern Shoveler. The surrounding pastures are good for flocks of Northern Lapwing. In winter, these pastures are part of the hunting grounds for Hen Harrier. In winter, area is also good for Whooper Swan.

The scattered (willow) trees are great for observing Little Owl and Stock Dove. The scattered bushes and fences are a great spot for breeding species, like European Stonechat and Whinchat.



The area doesn't have walking tracks, but you can observe the area from the road.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland , Wetland , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Summer


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



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