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St Hubert Forests

Wallonia  >  Belgium

A great forest to see both birds and mammals. This area is often overlooked by birders.

Added by Bastiaan

Description

A great forest that is often overlooked by birders. A good place to find typical forest birds. In addition this is just a great site to see mammals: roe deer, red deer and wild boar. For birds: expect the normal forest birds here, like tits ( Willow Tit , Marsh Tit and the more common species), woodpeckers ( Black Woodpecker ), Eurasian Nuthatch , Eurasian Bullfinch , Hawfinch. Eurasian Treecreeper is more common then Short-toed Treecreeper here. In winter check for Great Grey Shrike in the peat areas. Try your luck for Black Stork in summer. And off course try for songbirds in spring. Common Raven occurs frequently. Only a few times I had Nutcracker here.

Details

Access

Many walks are possible in the forests, and here I propose two options. Around Mochamps you have Great oppertunities with a lot of deer ( try your luck around dusk) and slow but reliable birding, with all the typical forest birds (great for Eurasian Treecreeper ).

You can also walk between the small airport of St Hubert (parking available) and Laneuville-au-Bois (parking available). There are many trails in the forest, I have just proposed a few on the map. The peatlands around the airport and more downstream the valley are just great for Great Grey Shrike and Eurasian Bullfinch. In the forests Marsh Tit , Willow Tit , Eurasian Nuthatch are common.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Plateau, Valley

Conditions

Mountainous, Dry, Swampy

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Bicycle, Foot, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

Combine this place with other forests in the neighbourhood. It might be easier to find birds in the nearby village of Laneuville-au-Bois, but you will lack the real forest species.

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

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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