De Maaij, de Wetering en de Pastoorsweijer

Noord-Brabant (de Kempen)  >  Netherlands

De Maaij is an area with ponds, open areas and bushes. On the southern side bordered by the Wetering. The Pastoorsweijer is located to the north.


De Maaij en Pastoorsweijer: On the north side are some ponds hidden in the pine forest (Pastoorsweijer) and in the south are another twelve ponds (Liskes). It concerns former pools and cultivation ponds that are separated by beautiful dikes but are connected to each other. Large reed collars surround the water. In the middle of the Liskes is a functional viewing hut with a 360-degree view over a number of ponds. Common birds that can be seen in and around the Liskes are Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Common Kingfisher, Garganey, Little Bittern, Great Egret, Great Bittern, Osprey and European Marsh Harrier. In summer, when some ponds are partially dry, you have a high chance of waders like Common Greenshank, Spotted Redshank and Wood Sandpiper.

De Wetering or Watering: In 1835, watercourses were dug from the Maas-Scheldt canal to improve the poor soils in the Kempen, such as the Spijsloop. This ran to an irrigation area called De Watering. The calcareous water of the river Maas provided a special flora and fauna. In this area Golden Oriole is the bird that catches the attention.



Parking at Burgemeester Aartslaan, Bergeijk (see the P on the map). From there you can explore the area on foot. The route that is shown on the map is 9,3 km. But it's easy to make short-cuts and only walk 3 or 4 km in the central part if you are short in time.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland, Wetland, Forest, River


Flat, Open landscape, Swampy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



Birdingplaces Near

Nature Reserve Plateau-Hageven

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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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