Oost-Vlaanderen  >  Belgium

The Heidebos is a combination of pine forest and heathland, it beholds some regional unique bird species.

Added* by Roeland De Wilde
Most recent update 15 January 2021


Due to the variation of pine and deciduous forests, extensive grasslands, thorny bushes, heathland and the sandy underground the natura-2000 reserve Heidebos contains some of the most regional unique species. The most elusive by far is the Eurasian Nightjar, which you can hear in the area on the right moments of the year. In the pine and deciduous forests you can find almost all bird species related to forests in Flanders like Crested Tit , Pied Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Black Woodpecker, Tawny Owl , Woodcock. Some of the most remarkable predatory birds also breed in this nature reserve, like Northern Goshawk and European Honey-buzzard. In the more semi-open parts like the heathlands you can find Wood Lark , Common Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher.



There are two parking spots available. Click on a P in the map to get directions to the parking lot of choice.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Moors/heathland , Scattered trees and bushes


Sandy , Dry

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Summer , Spring

Best time to visit



Unpaved road , Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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