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Amerongse Berg - Utrechtse Heuvelrug

Utrecht  >  Netherlands

The Amerongse Berg is part of the larger National Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug: a beautiful old forest with lots of birds!

Added by Bas Engels

Description

The Amerongse Berg is part of the larger "Utrechtse Heuvelrug" National Park; a large ridge of low sandhills that has been formed during the last Ice Age. The area is mostly covered in forests (mainly oak) and several larger areas covered with heather and sand dunes. The area has a very high biodiversity and many species of bird can be found here.

The forests are home to many songbird and woodpecker species, like Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Common Redstartand Black Woodpecker. The open clearings in the forest are great for Tree Pipit and Wood Lark. Common Ravencan often be seen flying overhead or heard on the background. In winter, the forests are great for species such as Red Crossbill, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll.

The large, old trees provide a great habitat for Tawny Owl. The forests are also home to raptors, like Northern Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

Towards the northern part of the Amerongse Berg, the Egelmeer lake is located. The lake is surrounded by an open landscape with scattered trees and bushes. In winter, this area is great for Great Grey Shrike. The lake provides a great spot for Little Grebe and Common Teal and the scattered bushes are good for European Stonechat.

Details

Access

The area is easy accessible and a restaurant is present at the start of the hike. There are endless possibilities for hikes, so the route that's shown on the map is one of many options. The trails are mostly unpaved.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland

Conditions

Hilly

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring

Route

Unpaved road, Narrow trail, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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