De Groenlanden

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

De Groenlanden is a fairly dry inner dike area with hawthorn thickets. It consists of a cluster of former clay pits and an elevated site.

Added by Remko Harbers


De Groenlanden is part of the famous Ooijpolder, a popular birding destination in The Netherlands. It consists of dry area with scattered trees and hawthorn thickets, and also has some small lakes. On the lakes a lot of species of waterfowl can be found, especially in winter. 

In the bushes you can find species like Willow TitGreater WhitethroatLong-tailed TitLesser WhitethroatEuropean Goldfinch, Common Nightingale, etc.



You can acces this area by car (best parking near hotel restaurant Oortjeshekken), but it is also easily reachable bij bike from the city of Nijmegen (20 minutes from the city).

The area can be explored on foot or by bike.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn, Winter


Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In the Ooijpolder Staatsbosbeheer has realized a lookout tower (See the map). The tower stands in De Groenlanden nature reserve on top of a so-called old Defense embankment. The dike is now called Langstraat. On the north side you look out over the former brickyard site with beautiful thickets, breeding storks and grazing konik-horses and galloways.

On the south side you look out over the wet part of De Groenlanden. In April and October the lookout tower is a good place to see foraging birds. Badgers, hares, rabbits and fox can be seen all year round on the grounds on the north side of the watchtower.

Birdingplaces Near

The Bisonbaai and the Oude Waal. Both areas are described on Birdingplaces.eu

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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