"Het Zwin Natural Reservation Park" Het Zwin by codrutz

Het Zwin Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 25 photos

Het Zwin is a beautiful place, I could say a must visit for Belgium. It is the first natural reservation in Belgium, in 1952 this kind of places were considered a revolutionary idea.
The area is flooded with water from the tides and the water evaporates, making this a proper environment for many bird species. It is also almost surrounded by a 10 meter high natural dams, behind which is the North Sea.
The area has 150ha, from which 25 are on Netherlands territory, that's because the park is exactly on the border with Netherlands.

The park was entirely renovated in 1990

There is also a remarkable zoo inside the Het Zwin Park with many wonderful birds living in a great habitat.

Near Het Zwin, at 3km, there is also a great place, called Butterfly Park, where you can enter in the world of colorful butterflies.

Butterflies are practically flying over your head, near your ears. A real treat for a photographer :) Careful not to step on ones that rest on the floor. Amazing silent creatures.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Habitat for many species .. natural life wonder
  • In a nutshell:Birdwatchers' heaven
  • Last visit to Het Zwin: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Patje's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2007 at 2:47 AM

    Great pic. of: Red crested pochard (the duck), Mute swan, Herring Gull, Song Thrush and White stork

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Fantastic pictures of butterflies!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2005 at 4:51 AM

    Good page on the reserve. Maybe I will get there being a birder. And btw, geese dont have teeth.

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2004 at 4:06 AM

    beautiful pictures!!! you know I still have to visit this area? always postponing it to another year. the butterflies are wonderful!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2004 at 11:10 PM

    Under construction - but already a nice page ! Lovely pictures !

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2004 at 1:11 PM

    Knokke-Heist is my second home, but up till now I didn't visit the Zwin or the Butterfly park, shame on me. Need to go there soon.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2004 at 5:27 AM

    Cool shots of the birds.....that opening photo looks a lot like Kodiak!! Cool page!!

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2004 at 4:43 PM

    nice birdies....


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