Bentwoud and Gouwebos

Zuid-Holland  >  Netherlands

This is a very nice area with very different species of birds , more than 70 species right now , so visit the area and walk or bike around! 

Added by g willemstein


The Bentwoud is a new nature and recreation area between Zoetermeer and Boskoop. In recent years, 2.5 million trees and shrubs have been planted and 80 kilometers of walking and cycling paths have been constructed. The Bentwoud is the largest contiguous forest area in the Randstad (the central city area in The Netherlands) with more than 800 hectares. Although the Bentwoud is still in full development, there are already many special birds, butterflies and plants to be found. 

Among the birds you can see here are Great BitternBluethroat, many geese and ducks, Little Owl and also different species of herons and many Common Cuckoo. And more rare species are sometimes seen here like Red-crested PochardFerruginous DuckBlack-winged StiltLittle Bittern, Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron Eurasian Spoonbill, European Honey-buzzard, European Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Golden Oriole.



Easy Accessable from Zoetermeer. Many places to park. Click on a P in the map below and you get directions to that parking place. Even better: Take a bike or go on foot!

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Forest, Plain



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Spring


Paved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car, Bicycle, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform



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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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