The Mechels Broek is a wet and open swamp that belongs to the former flooding area of the Dyle. The large sand extraction pit is an important resting and foraging area for many waterfowl. In Spring you can see birds like Bluethroat, Sedge Warbler and Water Rail. Garganey breeds here. In the Fall, Osprey and harriers come by. Winter is again ideal for seeing numerous duck species: Gadwall , Common Shelduck , Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler , Eurasian Wigeon , Common Teal. A nice area for walking and bird watching.
There is a little train station in the neighbourhood (Muizen) and there are a few parking lots near the visitor centre. A big parking lot is at De Nekker - Provincial Sports and Recreation Center.