Thanks to recent works, the area has more open forest and the shores of the fen are more shallow with less high vegetation. The fen is one of the few reliable places for Common Goldeneye yearround in Belgium and also an important moulting area for Black-necked Grebe. The open forest is a stronghold of Spotted Flycatcher and has all relevant woodpeckers like Black Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. During migration Osprey is a regular passage migrant and White-tailed Eagle is becoming more regular. The area is good for Wryneck and recently there were territorial males. During winter there are relevant amounts of several kinds of ducks and something rare can always show up.
You can get to the area by car, but will have to park on one of the parking places and walk or cycle around. Cycling can be challenging when it is dry on the sandy trails.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Wetland, Lake, Dunes, Moors/heathland
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration, Spring, Autumn, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
A visit to this area can be combined by visits to the Kalmthoutse heide which is adjacent to the area. It is combined in one big park.