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The Brouwersdam is the connection between the islands Goeree-Overflakkee and Schouwen-Duiveland. In winter this is a great birding spot.

Added by Ron Berkhout


The Brouwersdam is a top location for bird watchers. But please note: only in the winter months! In summer you will see few interesting birds there. But for watching seabirds from November to March it's one of the best places in The Netherlands.

Bird watching on the Brouwersdam is possible on the North Sea side over the entire length. A beach is located in the middle of the dam. It is usually very busy and not the best place for bird watching. But in winter you can see groups of Chaffinch and Brambling in the thickets. Sometimes there is Eurasian Sparrowhawk or even Peregrine Falcon. The part between the dam and the beach on the side of Ouddorp and the part between the beach and the inlet are the best parts for bird watching. Drive quietly and scout the coast for birds.

Note the tide: low tide is the best tide. In the southern part of the dam there is an inlet that carries water in and out of the Grevelingenmeer. There is a considerable current at low tide that attracts Red-throated Diver and diving ducks.

On the mudflats along the northern part of the dam at low tide you can see waders like Eurasian Oystercatcher, Sanderling, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Redshank.

Amongst the other birds you can see at the Brouwersdam are:

Brent Goose, Goosander, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail, Common Eider, Common Scoter, Common Goldeneye.



From the two parking lots at the inlet in the south you have an excellent view of the North Sea. It is full of water birds here. To the left of the light pole are often Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon). In the liight pole itself sometimes rests Peregrine Falcon.

Terrain and Habitat

Beach, Sea


Sandy, Open landscape, High water possible, No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Autumn, Winter

Best time to visit

Winter, Autumn


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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