As a controlled flooding area, constructed as compensation for some new developments, the Westerplas features a seasonal wetland with open water, reed, mudflads, ... You have nice viewing opportunities from the trail around the wetland. It attracts some wintering ducks, but the highlight is spring migration when waders (like Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Black-tailed Godwit...) and ducks (it is a reliable site for Garganey) stop at this site. Also other migrants might be seen off course (like Barn Swallow, House Martin, Common Swift,Western Yellow Wagtail, ,Ring Ouzel). During summer and fall the site is often dry with few birds around.
From the parking (See the map) you have easy acces. There is a circular trail possible but birding is along the wetland, which is only a very small part of the circular trail.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Lake, Mud flats, Agriculture
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Winter
Best time to visitSpring migration
RouteWide path, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Ooidonk castle is a good addition if you are around (Black-tailed Godwit and Common Kingfisher breed; Great Egret and waterfowl in winter). Callemoeie in Nazareth is also a good Spring (and fall) migration site, but also for wintering gulls and waterfowl.
The Bourgoyen is a little further but also worth a visit.