The Reindersmeer is located in the northern part of the Province of Limburg and lies between the Maas river to the West and the German border to the East. The area consists of two old sand extraction pits which, nowadays, are connected by water. A walking trails leads you around both pits and the landscape varies from heathland to deciduous forests and sand dunes.
The lake doesn't often provide large numbers of waterbirds, but the species that can be observed here are great! Small numbers of Black-necked Grebe can be seen mainly in the northwestern part of the lake, sometimes even in summer plumage. In the center of the lakes, Common Goldeneye can be seen diving for food. Other diving ducks, like Common Pochard en Tufted Duck can be seen in fairly large numbers sometimes. Little Grebe can be seen near the shoreline. The area is often visited by scarcer species of waterbird, like Common Scoter, Red-crested Pochard, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck and Smew.
During migration, the lake also attracts rare migrating species, like Little Gull, Black Tern, White-winged Tern and Whiskered Tern.
Several small islands are located near the shore and are mostly covered in reedbeds and small bushes. These islands are home to many species of reedbirds, like Bluethroat, Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler. Icterine Warbler and Common Nightingale can be heard from the bushes as well.
The small heathlands and adjacent deciduous forests provide a great habitat for species, like European Stonechat, Whinchat, Wood Lark and, in winter, Great Grey Shrike. The forests are great for many species of songbird and woodpeckers, like Eurasian Bullfinch, Crested Tit and Black Woodpecker.
The area is easy accessable from the parking lot near the visitors center. You can walk around both lakes or take the shortcut about halfway by taking the small raft.