Westerplas St-Martens-Latem

Flanders  >  Belgium

The Westerplas is a controlled flooding area, and birding depends on water level. It is especially good during spring migration with waders and other migrants.

Added by Bastiaan


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 GreenshankWood Sandpiper, Common RedshankLittle Ringed PloverBlack-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 SwallowHouse 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 Habitat

Wetland, Lake, Mud flats, Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Winter

Best time to visit

Spring migration


Wide path, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

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.

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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