The Oeffelter Meent is a nature reserve in the floodplains of the Meuse. It is characterized by species-rich grasslands alternating with hedges and scattered shrubs. The area is located on a coarse-sand bank, where sand and gravel were excavated until the 1970s. As a result, the original relief has disappeared and a bumpy surface has been created. The (small) height differences and the transition from sand to clay have resulted in a special variation of vegetation.
The many hedges are important for breeding birds and form the habitat for shrub birds such as Greater Whitethroat, Red-backed Shrike, Garden Warbler, Linnet and Common Nightingale . In the winter period, the berry-bearing hedges are a food source for migrating birds such as Fieldfare and Redwing.
In 2020, some large meadows were excavated and turned into shallow wetland. This immediately became an area full of ducks, geese and waders. Birds you can see here are Sand Martin, Northern Lapwing, Common Shelduck and Little Ringed Plover and during migration periods Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and many other waders.
Other birds that can be seen in Oeffelter Meent are Barn Owl, Little Owl, Common Cuckoo, Rook, Eurasian Kestrel and White Wagtail.
You can park at Restaurant Het Veerhuis or park at the beginning of the trail (see the P on the map), but there is only space for one or two cars.
The circular route that is shown on the map is about 5 km. Especially in Spring when the hedgerows blossom, it's a beatiful walk. After heavy rains, the trails can be muddy.