Antwerpen  >  Belgium

The Mastenbos is a forest with some open areas with heather. The birding community is a mixture of some heather en mostly forest species.

Added by Bram Vogels


The forest is a nice places for some species, although they occur more widely in the region. Thanks to a lot of nest boxes Pied Flycatcher is a very common breeding bird and on the open heather Eurasian Nightjar is present in spring and summer. Along the canal Common Kingfisher is present, but this canal can become dry in very dry periods.

Concerning breeding forest species the more relevant are Black Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Northern Goshawk, Pied Flycatcher, Woodcock, Red Crossbill (in invasion years), ... in the more open areas Eurasian Nightjar is present but also some pairs of Wood Lark, Tree Pipit, etc...

Thanks to the vicinity of bigger heathlands like the Kalmthoutse heide and due to the connection with other bigger forest tracts, most species of the neighbouring areas can be found in this area although for the heather species definitly in smaller numbers.



You can park at the entrance of the forest. The forest itself can be explored by foot and by bike, but by foot is by far the best way. The walk that is shown on the map is about 5 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Moors/heathland


Flat, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring, Summer

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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