Birdingpal.org
The Bird Watching Club for World Travelers

Belgium

You don't need to be an expert birder to contact a Pal.  Together you have love for nature, birds, new countries and learning.

These are serious birdwatchers willing to share their time to help you.  It is a privilege to contact them.  Your message should be respectful.

A Birding Pal does not charge a fee, however you should pay for their expenses, transportation costs, entrance fees, meals, etc.

Pals will answer your messages quickly, if they can.  You might select someone who is traveling, so write to more than one Pal, and be patient.  Let us know if someone doesn't answer and we'll check that everything is okay.

Let us know when you are going to meet a Pal, and then let us know how it went.

Happy birding.



A.Mottur



Maps
BrusselsBrussels Capital RegionBelgium


Available
Weekends

Languages
English (mother tongue), French
Note
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
Interests
birdwatching



J. Claes



Maps
AntwerpAntwerpBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Francais, Deutsch, Nederlands
Note
I live in the very centre of Antwerp and have visited the most important birding areas in Flanders several times. My knowledge of Wallonia (South-Belgium) and West-Holland (The Netherlands) is increasing too.
Area
Flanders, Wallonia, South-Belgium, West-Holland, Netherlands



B. Vogels



Maps
KalmthoutAntwerpBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, French Dutch
Note
I'm birding the area north of Antwerp for over 25 years and participate in a lot of monitoring and counting procedures like breeding bird surveys, waterbird counts, migration counts...
Area
Our area is quite diverse in habitats with reedbeds, forest, heather and agricultural land. All habitats are situated not to far from each other making it easy to choose depending on the target species.

Area Birds
Interesting breeding birds: spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher, wood warbler, black woodpecker, crested tit Wintering birds: bewicks swan, tundra goose,great grey shrike,... On migration everything is possible.
Interests
Nature: birdwatching
Travel: train, car, biking, long walk
Visit: outdoors, nature spot



F. Willemyns



Maps
BruggeWest-FlandersBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
Dutch, English, French
Note



K. Demeyer



Maps
GenkLimburgBelgium
Area


Available
Fridays, many Thursdays, Weekends on case to case basis

Languages
Dutch, English, German, French
Note
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..
Area
Lakes along the Meuse, heathers, swamps in central Limburg
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



F. Collet



Maps
MechelenAntwerpBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German
Note
I have been birdwatching since 1997, 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, early spring (march) for the Ardennes and early May for songbirds.
Area
Zeeland the Netherlands, Mechelen, the Belgian coast, the Ardennes

Area Birds
Tengmalm's Owl, Nutcracker, Great Horned Owl, Dipper, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Common Quail, Spotted Crake and Pink-footed Goose.
Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, hiking, butterflies, dragonflies, plants
Travel: biking, long walk
Visit: restaurant, outdoors, nature spot
Attend: concert, live music, science lecture
Participate: social games, inventarisation



O. Burton



Maps
LeuvenVlaams-BrabantBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish
Note
Scientist at VIB/KU Leuven

Area Birds
Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Marsh Warbler, Black Redstart, Eurasian Spoonbill
Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, swimming, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, bus, biking, long walk



G. Fierens



Maps
NethenBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, naturalist Travel: stroll,walking,train, bus, car,long walk, backpack, ship Visit: round the world tour!



B. Verbruggen



Maps
BruxellesBrabantBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
Interests
Nature: birdwatching,



M. Van Acker



Maps
SchoonaardeEast FlandersBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
Area
The river Schelde run through our village. I live in the countryside with a very nice hotspot for birdwatching at 3 km from my house.
Interests
Nature: birdwatching Travel: stroll, walking Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum Participate: beer and wine



A. Mottur



Maps
BrusselsBrussels RegionBelgium


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
The Brussels area has a lot more to offer in great birdwatching than you might think!
Area
The greater Brussels area has an extensive network of green spaces, more or less natural, with a surprising number and variety of species for such a densely-populated region.

Domaine des Silex, Rouge-Clo tre, For t de Soignes, Scheutbos


Area Birds
Black Woodpecker, Lesser & Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher
Interests
Nature: birdwatching Travel: hiking



RRohr



Maps
BastogneBelgium


Available


Languages
Note
Robert, 67 years old, pensioned,
Area
Hill region, forest
Interests
Nature: birdwatching, , photography, butterflies, Travel: stroll, walking, nature Visit: , monument, arboretum,, Attend: concert



ILewylle



Maps
LeuvenBelgium


Available


Languages
Note
Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming, beach, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, snow mobile Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech

 
Professional Birding Guides

A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
Hiring a Birdingpal guide will boost the local economy and help protect birds other wildlife and their habitat



S. Boddington

Maps
BrusselsBelgium

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, French Dutch, German Esperanto
Note
Information gladly provided for free, but for guided birdwatching visit my website.