Munnikenland is a wetland nature reserve in the western tip of the province of Gelderland, near the famous Slot Loevestein (castle). Free-living herds of large grazers migrate through the nature reserve, which contribute to the natural wealth in the area and helps to keep the landscape open. It is a nice area for walking and bird watching. Especially in spring , when migrating birds pass through and many birds can be seen. Among the birds you can see here are Greylag Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Great Bittern, Great Spotted Woodpeckerand Common Kingfisher. The White-tailed Eagle and Osprey are regularly spotted here. You can also see sleeping places of Great Cormorant and in the right time of the year at sunset swarms of Common Starling that dive into the reeds to rest.
There is a parking at the beginning area (see the P on the map). From there you can explore the area on foot. Depending of the height of the river which parts of the area you can explore. The area may be wet. So bring boots or waterproof high walking shoes! The route that is shown on the map is about 9 km.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, River, Reedbeds, Grassland
ConditionsFlat, High water possible, Swampy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Winter, Summer
Best time to visitWinter, Spring
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Close to the Biesbosch