The largest part of nature reserve the Bemmelse Waard is open for visitors to roam around. The central part is a reserve for farmlandbirds. The area is easily accesble on foot or per bike.
The Bemmelse Waard has a few big lakes, the result of sand mining. Other lakes are former river beds. The lakes are good for wintering birds like Smew, Goosander, Common Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck and the occasional Northern Pintail. At night, big flocks of Greater White-fronted Goose come in to stay the night on the water. Along the shores Little Ringed Plover breeds and Common Tern breeds on a small island.
Old clay pits are now overgrown with marsh and rivierine forests. At night you can see beaver in the water. Common Kingfisher breeds at the ponds in these forests. Northern Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Redstart and Grey Heron breed in the forests. During migration and sometimes even in summer Osprey spends the night in the forests and hunts in the lakes during the days. Also White-tailed Eagle visits this area. In one of the clay pits is a small colony of Black Tern.
In areas with thickets and thorny bushes European Stonechat, Lesser Whitethroat, Greater Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler and Marsh Warbler are common species.
Along the river Sand Martin breeds.
In the center, a patch of land managed for meadowbirds like Northern Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit. But even with this special management the Black-tailed Godwit didn't return (yet). But, Northern Lapwing, Common Redshank, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Meadow Pipit and Western Yellow Wagtail can be seen here. In winter vast flocks of geese feed on grasses here.
The area is easily accesible from Bemmel or Nijmegen. The best way to get around is by bike or on foot.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Wetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River, Lake, Agriculture
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSummer, Spring, Winter
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
The area lies just east of the Spiegelwaal in Nijmegen; and west of the Gendtse Waard.