c

Oeffelter Meent

Noord-Brabant  >  Netherlands

Beautiful walk through an old hedgerow landscape along the river Meuse. Full of songbirds and with an interesting new wetland area with many ducks and waders.

Description

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.

Details

Access

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.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, High water possible

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Links

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

Click on the bee eater icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!