Characteristic wetlands of Noord-Beveland
Noord-Beveland has extensive wetlands. The wetlands here are small, secondary polders that are tucked behind the sea dike in places where people once feared the dike might breach. They were originally fields and meadows which have become deep, wet marshlands and beautiful, valuable nature reserves. The wetlands are very important areas for birds.
The best views can be found from the top of the area´s many dikes.
The north coast of Noord-Beveland between the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier and Colijnsplaat is made up of a series of inter-connected wetlands. Most wetlands are managed by Het Zeeuwse Landschap (Foundation for the preservation of Zeeland´s countryside), such as the Thoornpolder, the Vlietepolder, the Oesterput wetland and the Oesterput, an area on the other side of the dike that was lost to the sea in 1881.
Most wetlands in Noord-Beveland are freshwater. Particularly those waters that are the most open have the largest variety of birdlife throughout the year. Ducks, seagulls and waders are regular residents.
In the middle of the Keihoogte wetland (to the north of Wissenkerke) is a bird-watching hide where you are almost guaranteed a glimpse of a wide variety of coastal bird species. There is an information panel on the Keihoogte dike and that is also where you´ll find the path to the hide.
We can recommend the view of the three bird islands from the viewing point along the dike by the Gravenhoek wetlands and there is a splendid view from the point at which this dike meets the Oosterschelde dike by the Oesterput wetlands. If you turn and look the other way, you can also see the extensive agricultural area behind the wetlands and the former Oesterput wetland on the other side of the dike.
Tours and guidebooks for these nature reserves can be purchased at the VVV Tourist Office in Kamperland.