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The Reindersmeer area is a large lake situated between the Maas river and the German border and provides an ideal habitat for many species of bird.

Added by Bas Engels


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 ScoterRed-crested PochardGreater ScaupLong-tailed Duck and Smew.

During migration, the lake also attracts rare migrating species, like Little GullBlack TernWhite-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 BluethroatReed 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 StonechatWhinchatWood Lark and, in winter, Great Grey Shrike. The forests are great for many species of songbird and woodpeckers, like Eurasian BullfinchCrested 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.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland, Lake, Reedbeds


Flat, Hilly, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn migration


Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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