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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
C Snyers Antwerp Anytime Dutch, English, Spanish
J Claes Antwerp Anytime English, Francais, Deutsch, Nederlands
I live in the very centre of Antwerp, a city along the river the Scheldt with a bird list well above 300 species
I’m specializing in the birds of my city by monitoring a few parks and by counting birds during migration. I am highly familiar with the best birding areas in and around Antwerp, including the famous wetlands on the left bank and in the port. Moreover, I have visited the most important birding areas in Flanders and the Belgian coast several times. My knowledge of Wallonia (South-Belgium) and West-Holland (The Netherlands) is increasing too.
W Heylen Herenthout, Antwerp Anytime Dutch, English, French
F Collet Kapellen, Antwerp Anytime Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German
I have been birdwatching for 10 years, mostly in my own neighbourhood and at known sites in Belgium and the Netherlands. The area where I live is not a hot spot for specialties, but it is centrally located between Zeeland (province of the Netherlands with some excellent birding areas), the Belgian coast and the Ardennes region. Of international interest: I know several places where I have observed hard-to-find species like Tengmalm's Owl, Nutcracker, Great Horned Owl, Dipper, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Common Quail, Spotted Crake and Pink-footed Goose. Best period to visit is probably winter (december through february) for waterfowl and shorebirds and early spring (march) for the Ardennes. A few places are also worth the visit during spring migration (Breskens) and fall migration (Belgian coast), but this is very dependent of weather and wind.
T de Smedt Lier, Antwerp Anytime English
J de Meirsman Mechelen, Antwerp Anytime English
E van Audenhove Mol, Antwerp Weekend English
B Vogels Stabroek, Antwerp Anytime English, French, Dutch
As a volunteer we have a big birding group in the north of Antwerp to count and monitor the bird population in a lot of different habitats. In our region are a lot of wetlands but also a large part of forests and the big dutch wetlands are also very close. Due to the different habitats the bird population is also very different like spoonbills, bearded tit, bittern to black and middle spotted woodpecker, crested tit in the forests. You can see the latest reports on our website The north of antwerp is probably one of the most diverse places in Flandres to go birding or to combine a birding trip with work or a city trip. Although I work in Brussels there are probably other volunteers to get you arond in the port of Antwerp, the forests or moorland.
G van den Heuvel Westerlo, Antwerp Anytime English, Dutch, some German, French
M Thibaut Westmalle, Antwerp Weekend Dutch, English, French, some Spanish, German
Flanders isn't very interesting on a international scale, but some good Dutch wetlands are in reach (upto 100 kms).
Y Princen Aarschot, Brabant Weekend Dutch, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian
L van Hellemont Leuven, Brabant Anytime English
D Mecado Solis Leuven, Brabant Anytime Spanish, English
Hello. I am Spanish, but I stay in Leuven about three months. I would like visit anyplace in Belgium. I don't have car here, but I would not mind to share expenses. I have also a spotting scope and binoculars. Kind regards.
A Willemsen Rupelstreek/Willebroek, Brabant Anytime English
B Nef Wavre, Brabant Weekend English

A Mottur Brussels, Brussels Capital Region Weekends English (mother tongue), French
The Brussels area has a lot more to offer in great birdwatching than you might think! Area:
Domaine des Silex, Rouge-Clo tre, For t de Soignes, Scheutbos

Area Birds:
Black Woodpecker, Lesser & Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher
C Dumortier Brussels Anytime English, French, Dutch, Spanish
I live near Brussels and know most major birdwatching sites in Belgium. Could arrange to meet you and take you birdwatching around Belgium if time allows.
S Bonmarchand Brussels Anytime French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
D de Groote Oudenaarde, East Flanders Weekend Dutch, English
B Cottele Ghent, East Flanders Weekend English
D Verbelen Ghent, East Flanders Anytime Dutch, French, English
J Van den Berghe Ghent, East Flanders Anytime Dutch, Enlish, French
I bird all around Belgium.
J Huge Ghent, East Flanders Anytime French, English, Dutch, some Spanish, German
Ghent is situated in the Low Countries, ideal for wintering waterfowl, close to internationally known birding sites such as the Dutch Delta area, the Belgian coast and the Somme Bay in France. In the Ghent area itself, lots of interesting places to visit too (eg for Meadowbirds).
FEllis Nalinnes (Southern Belgium), Hainaut Anytime French, English


  K. Demeyer Genk, Limburg, Belgium Anytime Dutch, English, German, French
  I am most experienced with birds and plants. Bird song is my strongest skill. I discover birds rather by listening than by watching.

My relation with nature exceeds bird watching through writing haiku's and walking the path of a druid..
Lakes along the Meuse, heathers, swamps in central Limburg

Area Birds:

Interests: Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: walking, hiking car, biking,
Visit: museum,monument, arboretum,
Attend: concert,
Participate: bar,ceremony, poetry, meditation, yoga, druidry

M Ittelet Couvin-Philippeville, Namur Anytime English
S Feys Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen Anytime Dutch, English, French
P Van den Bossche Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen Weekend Dutch, Englisch, French, Spanish
Watch birds national (Belgium) as international (Europe, Latin America, India).
F Ghyselen De Pinte, Oost Vlaanderen Anytime English, French, Dutch
W Faveyts Galmaarden, Oost-Vlaanderen Weekend English
P van Daele Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen Anytime English
H Matheve Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen Weekend Dutch, English, French
F Willemyns Brugge, West-Flanders Anytime Dutch, English, French
M Demeulemeester Kortrijk, West Flanders Anytime English

W Rommens Kalken, Oost-Vlaanderen anytime english, french, german
My favourite birding spots are located in the valley of river scheldt and are home to a rich variety of birds of wetlands and woodlands, in combinbation with many migrating species. 2014 produced almost 200 species in the area ! Area:
Kalkense Meersen, Scheldt valley

Area Birds:
Black-tailed godwit, Bluethroat
B de Langhe Oostende, West-Vlaanderen Weekend English
J Demey Oostende, West-Vlaanderen Weekend English

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
S Boddington Brussels Anytime, I will be in the Amazon from early June thru the end of August 2016, so will not be checking my mails regularly, English, French, Dutch, German, Esperanto
Growing up in the south of England, I became interested in birds at a very early age, starting with those in my parents' garden. Since then, I have lived in Yorkshire, the south of France, Germany and The Netherlands before settling in Brussels, and have birded extensively throughout most of Europe. In 1998, I birded the whole of Europe by train, visiting 20 countries in just 45 days and seeing 215 species, from Azure-winged Magpie in the Algarve to Long-tailed Skua in Lapland. An article recounting this epic journey was subsequently published in Birdwatching Magazine. I also spent a considerable amount of time in and around San Francisco, as well as birding in Texas, South Dakota, New York, New Jersey, Mexico, Costa Rica and Australia. I have taken part in two raptor migration surveys in the northern valleys of Israel, one in central Veracruz, and have spent two summers working as a bird guide in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.
Information gladly provided for free but, for guided birding, please contact me.

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Belgium
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Natuurpunt Schelde-Leie Club
Natuurpunt Noorderkempen Club
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