Polder Breebaart

Groningen  >  Netherlands

Former polder where tidal activity has been brought back. Now a wetland nature reserve which is a bird paradise.

Added by Wim Frank


The Polder Breebaart was diked in 1979 and is the last piece of reclaimed land in the dutch province of Groningen. In 1991 the polder was transformed into a damp tidal area where seawater from the Dollard flows into the polder through an opening in the Delta dike. The polder changed into salt marsh and is now a brackish nature reserve. The unique nature attracts many birds, such as the thousands of geese that hibernate here. Breeding birds such as Black-headed Gull, Common Tern and Arctic Tern reside in the area in large numbers. The polder also houses the largest Avocet colony in Europe. And you have a good chance of seeing Eurasian Spoonbill, Bluethroat, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, European Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Eagle and many different and rare species of waders.



You can park at the visitor center (click on the P on the map to directly go there). Two hiking trails cross the area. The short 2-kilometer route starts at the visitor center and is also accessible for the disabled. Sturdy, waterproof footwear is required for the 10-kilometer hiking route. This route is shown on the map.

A temporary bird hide was installed in March 2020. This replaces the old bird watching hut and is there until a new bird watching hut is placed.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Mud flats, Grassland, Sea


Flat, Swampy, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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