The province of Gelderland

Birding in the province of Gelderland

The relatively small area between the forests of the Veluwe and the river IJssel has many different habitats; some of the largest forests in Northwestern Europe, old estates, meadows and river forelands can all be found within short driving distance. Every habitat in itself is worth a visit, but especially the combination of different habitats makes for an interesting day of birding.

The estates in the area have always been well maintained and long driveways, flanked by Beech and Oak trees, the large green meadows and many small ponds attract a large number of birds to the area.

The river forelands of the river IJssel have a large number of birds in any season. Especially waterbirds are common here with species like Barnacle Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Pintail, Garganey, Common Pochard and Tufted Duck. One of the favourite stops at the river where we often have lunch is the ruin of an old, medieval castle where White Storks breed in the trees and many smaller songbirds sing from the hedges.

We begin this day in the yard of a local hotel where we explore the paths through the forest, looking for Hawfinch, Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. At a small river, near an old water mill we look for Eurasian Kingfisher and Common Moorhen, before we continue to a grassland area where we can find Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit and Skylark.

Our next stop is is an old estate. The historic grounds have many ancient trees – several trees are hundreds of years old – and are surrounded by ponds and a moat. Here we look for forest birds like Coal Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Stock Pigeon, Spotted Flycatcher and several species of woodpecker: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker and the second largest woodpecker on the planet, Black Woodpecker.

Our last stop is at the river IJssel. In winter thousands of ducks and geese can be found here and in summer the area is home to many breeding birds, including White Stork, Yellow Wagtail, Willow Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Owl and Northern Goshawk.

During migration the area is not only a hotspot for rarities, we may even be lucky enough to find one of the White-tailed Eagles that visit the area every year.


Just some of the species we hope to see (depending on the time of year):

  • Black Woodpecker
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • Middle Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Tawny Owl
  • Little Owl
  • Barn Owl
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Greylag Goose
  • Pintail
  • Garganey
  • Eurasian Teal
  • Gadwall
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Little Grebe
  • Great Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Coal Tit
  • Crested Tit
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Marsh Tit
  • Willow Tit
  • Pied Flycatcher
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Common Buzzard
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Bullfinch
  • Hawfinch
  • Yellowhammer
  • Reed Bunting


  • 1 person: Euro 250
  • 2 people: Euro 125
  • 3 people: Euro 85
  • More than 3 people: CONTACT US

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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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