The estate owes its name to the former life insurance company De Utrecht. From 1898, the company mined the vast moors on a large scale. In the end, the heathland was converted into 1800 hectares of forest and 600 hectares of agricultural land, while an additional 400 hectares of nature reserve continued to exist. Important nature areas on the estate include the valley of the Reusel brook, which meanders here. This area is called De Hertgang. Here is also the hamlet Dun, where the tavern De Bockenreijder is located.
Mispeleindse Heide is also an important nature reserve. Here lie large fens such as De Flaes, the Kleine Flaes and the Goor. They are surrounded by moist heather area. The estate has more than 130 species of breeding birds, such as: Common Kingfisher, Great Cormorant, Black-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Hawfinch.
Nice walk (6 km) from cafe restaurant De Bockenreyder with large parking lot (see the P on the map).
Terrain and HabitatForest, Moors/heathland, River, Lake
ConditionsFlat, Dry, Sandy
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Autumn, Spring migration
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes