Eagle-owl Quarry Winterswijk

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

A quarry located east of Winterswijk. One of the best places in the Netherlands to observe Eurasian Eagle Owl!

Added by Bas Engels


The Winterswijk Quarry is an active quarry located east of Winterswijk and is mined for (mainly) limestone.  The area is famous for its fossil findings, like bones and fossilized tracks of multiple species of extinct reptiles, called Nothosaurs. The oldest part of the quarry has been given back to nature and is home to a breeding pair of Eurasian Eagle Owl. An observation screen has been placed near the old quarry to observe the nesting Eurasian Eagle Owl. They breed on a small ledge on the northwestern part of the quarry wall.

Surrounding the valley, extensive forests are located and provide ideal habitat for many species of breeding bird, like Spotted FlycatcherCommon Redstart and European Pied Flycatcher. All five species of woodpecker can be found in the area, like Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. The quarry itself is also home to Black Redstart.

The active quarry, west of the Eurasian Eagle Owl quarry, contains multiple ponds and provide a great habitat for Little Ringed Plover and Grey Wagtail. The scattered bushes and trees near the edge of the quarry are great for YellowhammerGreater Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. In winter, Great Grey Shrike can be found here too.

The quarry provides a great open view of the sky and is therefore a great spot for observing raptors, like European Honey-buzzardRed Kite and Northern Goshawk



The area is easy accessable due to the parking lot near the road and the unpaved pathway towards the observation screen. 

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Valley


Flat, Hilly, Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration


Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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