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.