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.
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 HabitatForest, Wetland, Plateau, Valley
ConditionsMountainous, Dry, Swampy
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RoutePaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Foot, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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.