Wildlife holidays in Belgium
Tell me about Belgium …
Although more associated with fine chocolates than natural history, Belgium can boast many excellent wildlife reserves where the quality of the flora, birds (especially in winter) and insect life rivals that attained by the national confectionary!
Our short tours to Belgium will introduce you to some of these natural attributes, focusing on the flat landscape bordering Holland where the Zwin Estuary, long since cut off from the sea by accumulations of silt, has created an important maritime ecosystem.
The historic city of Bruges is unmissable and several other wetland nature reserves in northern Belgium are worth a visit before we travel south to explore the legendary Ardennes region which contains the highest hills in the country and many tracts of impressive forest.
We also spend some time looking at some of Belgium’s most important and renowned historical and architectural towns. Bruges, with its medieval street pattern, meandering canals and green ramparts, enthralls millions of visitors every year.
Our Belgium specialist recommends..
"I recommend you try our ‘Belgium in Summer’ tour to explore the delights of Belgium’s finest wild landscapes or perhaps our ‘Belgium in Winter’ tour, where we go in search of wildfowl and Ardennes specialities."
Naturetreks wildlife holidays to Belgium explore the Belgian countryside in search of birds, flowers and mammals while taking in a little of the history and culture of the medieval city of Bruges.
What might I see?
- Flocks of geese in the Uitkerkse polders, including White-fronted, Pink-footed, Red-breasted & Lesser White-fronted Geese
- Wintering grebes & divers as well as ducks such as Smew & Goldeneye
- In summer we look among heathlands for Nightjars, Woodcocks & lekking Black Grouse
- Its possible to see up to 48 species of dragonfly in the Den Diel Reserve
- The historic city of Bruges
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Belgium HOLIDAYS
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Gerald Broddelez to Belgium. A first rate tour leader makes all the difference and Gerald was absolutely great - knowledgeable, considerate and with a great sense of humour. Many thanks to him. There were so many highlights on this trip that I hardly know where to begin - birds and butterflies galore - 6 Hawfinches in Gerald's telescope and Honey Buzzards flying overhead, whilst we were dazzled by Purple Emperor butterflies amongst clouds of other butterflies on the path just at our feet. We were all amazed at the way Gerald managed to find us an Eagle Owl perched a long way away in a cavity in a vast wall of rock. Incidentally this sighting was immediately followed by that of a Goshwak just above our heads, which was (unsuccessfully) chasing a Wood Pigeon. Amazing! Finally the magical hour and a half spent watching a pair of Beavers swimming along the river - only about 10 metres at the most - in front of us, together with their very cute baby (who fell off the river bank at least twice!). All this plus the bonus of a Muskrat swimming along and also climbing a little way up the bank whilst a Kingfisher flew by! We really enjoyed the included tour of Bruges - it is nice to have a bit of culture!
We enjoyed the holiday very much. What did we like about it? Being able to travel by train rather than flying, Gerald's cheerfulness, the good company, the flora and fauna, and Gerald's tireless expertise in the field.
The hotels at Salmchateau and Nismes were excellent. The inclusion of a tour on foot of central Bruges, with a local guide, was a splendid idea, and I say that although I tend to take culture in rather small quantities!