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A small track adjacent to the Reeuwijkse Plassen to the west and a typical Dutch polderlandscape to the east. A good spot for song- and waterbirds.

Added by Bas Engels


The Kippenkade, literally translated "Chicken Quay", is a small and narrow track through a typical Dutch polder landscape and adjacent to the 's Gravenkoop lake, which is part of the larger Reeuwijkse Plassen area. The track is used by local residents to get to their holiday residences, although this isn't frequent. The track is surrounded by trees, small reedbeds and waterways.

The reedbeds provide a great oppurtinity to find Cetti's WarblerBluethroat and Sedge Warbler, besides more common species like Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler. The scattered trees and bushes are great for Icterine WarblerLesser Whitethroat and Greater Whitethroat. The gardens of the present residences are good for small flocks of Tree Sparrow.

The surrounding polders are great for large flocks of geese in the winter months. Large numbers of Barnacle Goose are present here and sometimes rare species like Red-breasted Goose and Ross's Goose can be spotted within these flocks. During the breeding season, the polders are great for typical waders like Common RedshankBlack-tailed Godwit and Ruff. Large flocks of Western Yellow Wagtail can be present too. Foraging Purple Heron can be seen next to the ditches. The track itself is a good spot for grass snakes.

The 's Gravenkoop lake is a great spot for Black Tern. They tend to hang around here just before flying to their breeding area in the polders. Large numbers can be seen foraging above the lake. Sometimes, species like White-winged Tern and Little Gull can be spotted too.



The area is easy accessable on foot. Parking is a bit tricky, so try to park your car as best as possible so it doesn't block any access roads. The area can also be very muddy.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Wetland, Lake


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Spring, Winter


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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