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Lookout tower Hierden

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

A lookout tower for birdwatching near the edge of the Veluwemeer lake near Hierden. A beautiful spot for observing waterfowl.

Added by Bas Engels

Description

The Veluwemeer lake is located near Harderwijk between the provinces of Gelderland en Flevoland. It is only about 2.5 km wide, but about 20 km in length. In winter, the lake is home to many wintering waterfowl in very large numbers, like swans, geese, ducks and coots. Several islands are located within the lake and are covered by bushes and trees. Many meadows surround the lake and provide an ideal foraging area for these waterfowl.

The lookout tower is situated on the southern edge of the lake and has a perfect view over a large part of the lake. Especially in front of the lookout tower, the most interesting species can be found. In winter, large numbers of Tundra Swan (Bewick's Swan) can be found hear. You can already hear them calling when you walk up to the lookout tower. They are often surrounded by large numbers of other waterfowl, like Eurasian Wigeon,  Common Pochard and Tufted Duck. Scarcer species, like Red-crested Pochard, can also be found close to the shore.

Further on the lake, fairly large feeding flocks of Common Goldeneye can be seen. Sometimes, small numbers of Smew and Goosander can be found too. 

The shore consist mainly of reedbeds, where small flocks of Bearded Tit can be heard and seen. Also common species, like Reed Bunting and, in spring and summer, Reed Warbler can be found.

The area between the car and lookout tower is ideal for species like Northern WheatearEuropean Stonechat and many other common species of songbirds. The creek is a good place for Grey Wagtail and herons.

Details

Access

To get to the lookout tower, you'll have to drive through Hierden towards the lake. The road turns from tarmac to an unpaved road full of holes. At the end of the road, you can park your car in the grassy part. A small unpaved path leads towards the lookout tower. You'll cross a small creek.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Forest, Wetland, Grassland, Lake, Reedbeds, Agriculture, City/village

Conditions

Flat, Swampy

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter

Route

Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

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