Birding the Top of Holland – Friesland and Drenthe provinces

The Fochteloërveen and the Drents-Friese Woud National Park is a truly unique area, situated on the border of the two provinces of Friesland and Drenthe. The (still growing) National Park consists of forests, heathlands, and sand dunes and one of the larges areas of raised bogs in The Netherlands. This combination of habitats makes the area very interesting for birding, but is also perfectly suitable for people who are interested in butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians. Booking a trip with one of the Birding Holland guides means a once in a lifetime opportunity to get in touch with everything the area has to offer; just let us know if you want to spend the day looking at more than only birds, and we’ll make sure you’ll get the appropriate guide!

As far as the birds are concerned: the reserve has a lot to offer. People come from far and wide to see specialties like Black Woodpecker (easiest in early spring), Wood Lark, Whinchat, Great Grey Shrike (mainly in winter), Red-backed Shrike, Spotted Crake, Common Crane (resident breeding bird), Short-toed Eagle (july-august), Raven, Common Nightjar and Rough-legged Buzzard (winter), while birds like Black Stork, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle and Red-footed Falcon are annually seen.

The best period for a visit is undoubtly (early) summer, but a winter visit will also be more than worth the effort!


  • 1 person: Euro 230
  • 2 people: Euro 115
  • 3 people: Euro 80
  • More than 3 people: CONTACT US

Pick up and drop off possibilities

Book this tour


Starting at Euro 70 per person

Best time to visit:
All year


  • full day of birding
  • transportation
  • coffee, tea or water on the road
  • fruit
  • snacks
  • all road tolls
  • all entry fees
  • VAT
  • digital checklist at the end of the tour

Not included

  • meals
  • other drinks
  • personal expenses
  • travel insurance

Where to go birding

Birding Holland

Birding Holland

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