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Central Dendervalley

East Flanders and Flamish Brabant close to Brussels  >  Belgium

The area mainly consists of wet meadows/marshes situated on the right bank of the river Dender. These attract waterbirds mainly during winter and spring.

Added by Joost Mertens

Description

Even the industrial/urban area in the north of this region harbours quite some good species in winter, like Eurasian WigeonGadwallTufted Duck and Common Pochard. They can be common near te sewage works, as do gulls Little Grebe and Greylag Goose.

In recent years Great Bittern has become almost annual (often more then one) and some years Bearded Tit turns up. There's a big breeding population of Reed Warbler (>20 pairs) as do Cetti's Warbler and Reed Bunting in small numbers. In some years even Bluethroat breeds here.

The meadow areas further to the south, especially those along the railway hold most of the time waders in late winter and spring. Black-tailed GodwitWood SandpiperGreen SandpiperRuffLittle Ringed Plover (breeds some years), Dunlin, Common SnipeJack Snipe and others are seen annual. In winter this area often holds Water Pipit. In wet years species as Garganey and Northern Shoveler can be breeding here. Irregular breeders are Reed BuntingCetti's Warbler and European Stonechat.

The area more to the south can hold Common KingfisherGrey WagtailEuropean Stonechat and the same species mentioned earlier, but chances on these are  more remote.

Details

Access

The area is accessible on foot and bike

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Plain, Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, Slippery, Open landscape, High water possible

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring

Route

Paved road, Wide path, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Birdingplaces Near

Wellemeersen Nature Reserve and Liedekerke/Hertigemforest are all in the vicinity.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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