Wellemeersen Nature Reserve

East Flanders close to Brussels  >  Belgium

The Wellemeersen is a marshy area formed by the river Dender. It mainly consists of wet meadows, Alder-and Willowswamps, Poplar stands and smallish ponds.

Added* by Joost Mertens
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Year round you can find birds like Willow Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Common Kingfisher, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. In summer you can find good numbers off Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Little Grebe. In winter you can find waterbirds like Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe.



By car you can easily reach the area coming from the higway E40, west of Brussels, exit Aalst. You can park your car at Wellemeersenstraat or Zavelputstraat. By train you acces the area by train within 20 minutes from Brussels to railway station Denderleeuw. You can only explore the area on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Grassland , River


Wet , Slippery , High water possible , Flat

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Good shoes or boots recommended.

The area is also well known for it's diversity off Dragonflies.


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