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Wellemeersen Nature Reserve

East Flanders close to Brussels  >  Belgium

The Wellemeersen is a marshy area formed by the river Dender. It mainly consists of wet meadows, Alder-and Willowswamps, Poplar stands and smallish ponds.

Added by Joost Mertens

Description

Year round you can find birds like Willow TitCetti's WarblerCommon KingfisherWater RailEurasian SparrowhawkLesser Spotted Woodpecker. In summer you can find good numbers off Marsh WarblerReed WarblerLittle Grebe. In winter you can find waterbirds like GadwallNorthern ShovelerCommon Pochard,  Common SnipeJack Snipe.

Details

Access

By car you can easily reach the area coming from the higway E40, west of Brussels, exit Aalst. You can park your car at Wellemeersenstraat or Zavelputstraat. By train you acces the area by train within 20 minutes from Brussels to railway station Denderleeuw. You can only explore the area on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Grassland, River

Conditions

Swampy, Slippery, High water possible, Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

Good shoes or boots recommended.

The area is also well known for it's diversity off Dragonflies.

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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