Overasseltse en Hatertse Vennen

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The Overasseltse en Hatertse Vennen (Overasselt and Hatert Fens) is a beautiful area just west of Nijmegen. 

Added by Twan Teunissen


The variety of forest, fens and heath makes the Overasseltse en Hatertse Vennen a perfect area for a long walk. The forests are inhabited by Black WoodpeckerEurasian Green WoodpeckerGreat Spotted WoodpeckerLesser Spotted WoodpeckerMiddle Spotted WoodpeckerCrested TitEuropean Pied Flycatcher and Tawny Owl.

Visit the different fenns in spring and summer for waterbirds like Little GrebeCommon TealGreylag GooseCommon Pochard and Water Rail. In late summer waders can be seen on the mud when some fenss dry out.

On the heaths Wood Lark and Yellowhammer breed and Eurasian Hobby and European Honey-buzzard can be seen soaring overhead. Red-backed Shrike bred in the area in 2019 for the first time since decades. In winter Great Grey Shrike can be found in the same place.

The area is also very rich in dragonflies and rare insects like Wart-biter and Heath grasshopper.



The best place to start your walk is the pakring near the Diervoor Farm. From here different walks can be made. The walk on the map (6,6 km) is marked in the field with yellow marks.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Moors/heathland



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn, All year round, Winter

Best time to visit

Summer, Spring, Autumn


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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