This is a great wetland area with a comfortable birding-hide from which you can see many different species: mainly herons, ducks, geese, raptors and Great Cormorant. In spring, Great Bittern may be heard booming in the reeds, and ,again in spring and in summer, even Little Bittern has been recorded on the many marshy islands with dense vegetation. In the last couple of years, a pair of Purple Heron has bred on one of the little islands. In winter, this area is often good for Great Grey Shrike. European beaver is also active in the area and with luck may be glimpsed at dawn or dusk. Another area of possible interest is the abandoned house when on the very end of the trail.
Lastly, a pair of Osprey (the first pair to ever breed in the Netherlands) has built a nest on one of the electricity pylons. Check the pylons to the east, the nest is located on the upper left branch of the electricity pylon. On spring migration, it is very much possible to see up to ten different Osprey here in a single day (I once saw nine here in just a couple of hours)! Making this one of, if not the best, area to see this raptor in the entire National Park.
From the visitors centre (Biesbosch museumeiland), which is easily reached from Werkendam take the Hilweg to the South, take a left onto Lijnoorden, follow this road for some 2 km. Park your car just in front of a small fence, which is the entrance to Polder Maltha, from there follow the trail until you reach the hide (on your right).
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes, River, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Spring, Spring migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Hardenhoek is another birding hotspot in the National park.