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!