National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug is an area with un-Dutch views of large undulating heaths and extensive forests. In the distant past, the landscape was formed by sliding ice, melt water and drifting sand. Most of the Sallandse Heuvelrug is high and dry. Because the soil consists mainly of sand, plant species grow that are resistant to a nutrient-poor and dry environment. More than 75 species of birds breed in the National Park. The want-to-see-species are European Stonechat, Common Raven, Eurasian Nightjar and of course Black Grouse. Sallandse Heuvelrug is the last place in the Netherlands where you find Black Grouse. The best time to see them is early in the morning from March to mid-May when they are courting.
In the old coniferous forests you can see Coal Tit, Crested Tit and Red Crossbill. And also birds of prey such as European Honey-buzzard and Northern Goshawk can be seen and heard. Other nice birds you can see encounter are Black Woodpecker, Golden Oriole and Red-backed Shrike. In winter you can see birds like Siskin, Brambling, Common Redpoll, Great Grey Shrike and Peregrine Falcon.
Parking on the N35 near Nijverdal, at the visitors' centre National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug or Erve De Pas (on the west side of the area near Haarle). The National Park is also easily accessible by public transport, for example by train (trainstations in Nijverdal and Holten). Best is to explore the area on foot or by bike. There are many hiking trails and cycling routes. The walking route shown on the map is 16 km and starts at the parkingplace near Erve De Pas (see the P on the map). It leads you through all the different habitats. But you can also take a shortcut (see the point of interest on the map) and do 8 km.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Scattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland
ConditionsHilly, Dry, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Summer
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Het Wierdenseveld; eveneens Natura2000 gebied ligt 4-5 km ten oosten van de Sallandse Heuvelrug Common Crane Black-necked Grebe Red-backed Shrike