"De Plantage" is an old city park, located on the eastern side of the city center of Culemborg. The park consists of a small, (mainly) oak forest with high undergrowth, ponds and clearings. The ponds are mainly used by large groups of Mallard and smaller numbers of Eurasian Coot and Eurasian Moorhen. If you're lucky, you'll find a Common Kingfisher or a Grey Wagtail passes you overhead. The small forested areas are the most important element of the park. During the breeding season, many common songbirds use the area as breeding habitat, like Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Also, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Eurasian Nuthatch en Short-toed Treecreeper are often found in these areas. Tawny Owl and Long-eared Owl breed in the forested area and small numbers Grey Heron breed in the trees adjacent to the ponds. In the center of the area, a nesting tree of a White Stork is present.
During autumn migration and winter, the forested areas are used by large flocks of thrushes and finches, like Hawfinch, Brambling and Redwing. Also Goldcrest are often found in large numbers in mixed flocks of (mainly) tits and thrushes. Within these mixed flocks, species like Firecrest and Coal Tit can be encountered. The surrounding pastures are used by flocks of Stock Dove, Rook and Great Egret.
The park can be entered on foot and by bike, but on foot you'll be able to get to the smaller trails in the eastern part of the park. You can walk around the park in less than an hour (when birding) and is about a kilometer long. There's a carpark in the northwestern side, near the entrance of the cemetery (see the P on the map). Just follow the paved trails into the park and you'll find your way around it. On the trail in the northeastern part, there's a good vantage point to take a look over the pastures in northeastern direction. The park is only accessable between sunrise and sunset.