Zoet Water - Oud-Heverlee

Vlaams-Brabant  >  Belgium

Ideal recreation area in a wooded setting. You can make nice walks around 5 ponds.

Added* by Kris Batsleer
Most recent update 14 December 2021
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Zoet Water includes five ponds, a recreation park and walking trails. The valley used to be a marsh, but ponds were dug here in the 17th century. They are separated from each other by dams, but are connected to each other and to the Vaalbeek by means of an overflow system. You can easily find the birds like Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Great Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard and Grey Heron observe closely on the water. Occasional visitors in the past were Ruddy Shelduck and Mandarin Duck.


Nederlands: Zoet Water omvat vijf vijvers, een recreatiepark en wandelpaden in een beboste omgeving. Vroeger was de vallei een moerasgebied maar in de 17e eeuw zijn hier vijvers gegraven. Ze zijn van elkaar gescheiden door dammen, maar staan met elkaar en met de Vaalbeek in verbinding door middel van een overloopsysteem. Je kan hier de vogels als Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Great Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard en Grey Heron gemakkelijk van dichtbij observeren op het water. Occasionele bezoekers in het verleden waren Ruddy Shelduck en Mandarin Duck.



Ample parking options nearby. Hiking trails, cycling routes are well marked.


Nederlands: Ruim parkeermogelijkheden in de buurt. Wandelroutes, fietsroutes zijn goed aangeduid.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Lake , Scattered trees and bushes , Valley , Reedbeds


Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Winter


Unpaved road , Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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