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 Bittern, Bluethroat, 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 Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Black-winged Stilt, Little 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!