The province of Zeeland

Birding the province of Zeeland

The province of Zeeland was severely hit by the 1953 disaster floods and has undergone serious changes since then. The Delta Project, a series of projects that have created several dams and dikes, not only made this part of the country safe from floods, it also created several new habitats for animals.

Before the Delta Project was put into effect, most water was salt water with a direct connection to the North Sea. Today salt water only remains at the coast itself and partly in the only connection Antwerp has to the Sea, the Westerschelde. Most other parts are either fresh water or brackish water and birds have found their way in this diverse eco system. The area is also very good for mammals like Harbour Seal and Gray Seal, often feeding side by side.

The birds that are present vary enormously with the seasons. Zeeland is the warmest part of the country in winter and because of this geese abound on the grassland: Greater and Lesser White-fronted Goose,  Black Brant, White-bellied Brant, Barnacle, Brent and Greylag Goose and the very rare Red-breasted Goose. Since most of the water doesn’t freeze over, ducks like Long-tailed Duck, Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard, Goldeneye, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Eurasian Teal and Scaup are often present in the relative warm water here. Other rbirds to look out for in winter are up to five species of grebes, three species of loons, six species of gulls, Jack Snipe, Short-eared Owl and Snow Bunting.

In spring and summer some of these species will have left, but usually we are able to find a lot of these winter birds that stay during the summer, supplemented with new breeding birds and some migrants. Birds to look for in summer include Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Great and Blue Tit, Gargeney, Little Tern, Turtle Dove, Yellow Wagtail and Blackcap and a large variety of waders including Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Ringed Plover and Little Plover, Dunlin and Pied Avocet, all of them often very easy to approach.

 


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

  • Red-throated Diver
  • Black-throated Diver
  • Great Northern Diver
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Little Grebe
  • Common Snipe
  • Jack Snipe
  • Woodcock (rare)
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Sanderling
  • Kentish Plover
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Avocet
  • Mediterranean Gull
  • Greater Black-backed Gull
  • Caspian Gull
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Arctic Tern
  • White-fronted Tern
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Turtle Dove
  • Stock Pigeon
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Bluethroat
  • Bearded Reedling
  • Linnet

 

  • 1 person: Euro 240
  • 2 people: Euro 125 per person
  • 3 people: Euro 85 per person
  • More than 3 people: CONTACT US

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Rates:
Starting at Euro 70 per person



Best time to visit:
All year

Included

  • full day of birding
  • transportation
  • coffee, tea or water on the road
  • fruits
  • 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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