Bemmelse Waard

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

The Bemmelse Waard is a floodplain of the river Waal in the middle of 'De Gelderse Poort'. It's a nature reserve with typical riverine nature.  

Added by Twan Teunissen


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 SmewGoosanderCommon GoldeneyeGreat Crested GrebeEurasian WigeonTufted 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 GoshawkCommon BuzzardEurasian NuthatchCommon 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 StonechatLesser WhitethroatGreater WhitethroatGrasshopper 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 LapwingCommon RedshankEurasian OystercatcherMeadow 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 Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River, Lake, Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Summer, Spring, Winter


Paved road, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

The area lies just east of the Spiegelwaal in Nijmegen; and west of the Gendtse Waard. 

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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