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 Tit, Greater Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, European 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 HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Wetland
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Autumn, Winter
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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.
The Bisonbaai and the Oude Waal. Both areas are described on Birdingplaces.eu