a

Le Signal de Botrange

Luik  >  Belgium

Located at the highest point of Belgium lies the countries largest nature reserve with the last Belgian location to see Black Grouse.

Added by Roeland De Wilde

Description

All somewhat passionate Belgian birders have been on this platform as it is the only place in the country to see Black Grouse. Although there is also a dark side as this population is on the brink of extinction. In 2016 less then 5 individuals remain, but since then conservation efforts are made as some Swedish birds are relocated to the area between 2017 and 2021 (around 20 individuals per year). ​They remain year-round on this location, altough the best months to see them are by far late February, March and April. During these periods it's possible to observe the courtship behavior of the males and often the females sit quite high in the trees. The best chance to see them is very early in the morning at dawn.

Even if you don't manage to see them it's a very good location to see Hen Harrier , Great Grey Shrike , Common Raven , Red Kite , Common Crane (only during migration periods, they do not breed in Belgium), Bullfinch, Red-backed Shrike , Tree Pipit and Black Stork.

Details

Access

A lot of parking space is available at 'Le signal the Botrange'. Click on the P in the map to get directions. It's possible to walk around the area, although the best place to observe birds is at the wooden platform.

Terrain and Habitat

Moors/heathland, Scattered trees and bushes, Plateau, Plain

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

Spring

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Spring, Autumn migration

Route

Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

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

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

Click on the bee eater icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!