De Maashorst

Noord-Brabant  >  Netherlands

De Maashorst is an geographicly interesting region with a great biodiversity. Grassland, pasture, surrounded by varied forests and a couple of fens.

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Because of the diversity in landscape, the species list of this area is high. Eurasian NightjarRed-backed Shrike and good numbers of European Stonechat breed here in summer. In the surrounding forests, Black WoodpeckerMiddle Spotted Woodpecker , Wood WarblerCrested Tit and Red Crossbill can be found. Common RavenNorthern Goshawk and European Honey-buzzard also breed in this area.

 Northern WheatearWhinchat and Ring Ouzel are present in both Spring and Autumn migration. In autumn, migration is intensively followed from a fixed watchpoint. Hightlights include Ortolan BuntingTawny Pipit and Black Stork, but as always during migration, anything can turn up. This is one of the places in the Netherlands to watch for migrating raptors, with good numbers of Red KiteCommon Buzzard and Osprey and even the occassionaly rarer Eagle or Black-winged KiteGreat Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier winter here.

For the mammal lovers, the Maashorst is home to a herd of Wisent. Accompanied by singing Eurasian SkylarkYellowhammer and Common Quail if you're lucky, a visit to De Maashorst is always satisfying.



There are several free parking places around the area. The villages of Zeeland, Uden, Nistelrode and Schaijk all give access to De Maashorst. You can enter the park on foot or on a bike.

You can explore De Maashorst best on foot or by cycling. There are several marked routes leaving from the information centre. There also is a marked network that allows for planning your own walking route. The route that is displayed on the map is about 12 km.

There is a information centre at Erenakkerstraat 5, 5388 SZ, Nistelrode where coffee and cake is served. This a great starting point for a walk or even a cycle tour. (You need to bring your own bikes). There is a paved circular wheelchair route in the woods. With a short detour, a visit to the Wisent herd and some nice views over the open grassland in de midst of the area, are also possible for the wheelchair bound visitors.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Moors/heathland


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration, Spring


Paved road, Wide path, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

The Kraaijenbergse Plassen near Cuijck can be worth a visit if you're in the area, especially in winter. You can expect several species of geese, SmewGoosanderCommon Goldeneye, all species of more common ducks and even possible Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe) or Black-necked Grebe. As always, large bodies of inland water can also deliver a wintering Loon or Scoter.

The Biesbosch near Werkendam and Dordrecht is a National Park and a large wetland area that almost 'has it all' and is definitly worth a visit all year round. Autumn and spring migration is great due to high number of waders, Osprey and White-tailed Eagle breed here in summer. In winter, The Biesbosch is a paradise for anyone who enjoys ducks, geese and other waterfowl.

Other good birdingplaces are National Parks De Maasduinen and De Groote Peel, which are quite similar to the Maashorst in terms of possible bird species, but due to their location a bit more east, a higher chance of migration Common Crane in autumn.

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


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