Polder Zeevang is a former marshland area and the soil contains mostly peat and clay. Therefore, the area is very wet and the water level is often high, which results in wet pastures and damp meadows. A beautiful landscape for many species of waterbird.
In summer, common species of wader that can be found on these pastures are Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank and Northern Lapwing. The small puddles attract many more waders and other species. The area is also used as breeding habitat by Eurasian Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Western Yellow Wagtail.
In winter, the area attracts large numbers of geese and ducks. Massive flocks of Greater White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose and Barnacle Goose can be found. The ditches are used by many species of duck, like Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, but mainly by thousands and thousands of Eurasian Wigeon. During the day, they tend to stay in the ditches or forage just on the pastures adjacent to these ditches. At night, they tend to go further into the area. Another great species for the area is European Golden-Plover and flocks can be seen resting in the open pastures during the day.
You can access the area by car, bicycle or you can just walk. The best way to observe the birds, is by car. They tend to stay put when people stay in their cars and just pull over every now and then.
Terrain and HabitatGrassland, Wetland
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Other places for birding are De Nek near de village of Schellinkhout, Het Landje can Naber near the village of Hoorn and De Ven near the village of Enkhuizen.