Sand excavation - Redichemse Waard

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

An old sand excavation area turned into a great spot for waterbirds! Also, the surrounding greenery is great for numerous species of songbird.

Added by Bas Engels


The area consists of a large water mass, an old sand extraction area, which is still connected to the Lek river. It is surrounded with lush vegetation and several agricultural fields. Especially in winter, the water is great for many species of waterbird, like Common GoldeneyeGoosander and Smew. Rare waterbirds, like Velvet Scoter and Red-throated Diver have been seen here too. The shores are great for Common Kingfisher and Little Grebe. During the breeding season, large flocks of Sand Martin can been seen foraging above the basin.

The lush vegetation surrounding the water basin, consisting of small trees and bushes, are great for many species of songbird during spring. Common species are Greater WhitethroatEuropean Stonechat and Tree Sparrow. During spring migration, the area is great for Ring Ouzel and Whinchat. Also, keep a look out above the river, because during migration Osprey tend to pass you by.



The area is easy accessable by a dirt road going all along the water basin, starting from the main road. You can park your car near the main road (see map). Sometimes, several gates on the dirt road are closed. You can climb over them to continue your way.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, River, Lake, Agriculture


Flat, 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, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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