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The Wijers, Land of the 1001 Ponds

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The Wijers, Land of the 1001 Ponds

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Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, Dutch, French
Animals

The Wijers, Land of the 1001 Ponds

Animals

The Wijers, Land of the 1001 Ponds

1 review
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, Dutch, French

What you'll do

Visit of the Wijers , LAND OF 1001 PONDS. An unique water landscape in the heart of Limburg. The ‘Wijers' is an area of outstanding beauty, even on an European scale. In fact, it is so important that large parts of it have been included in the Natura 2000 network. Immerse yourself in the land of 1001 ponds. The Wijers is a region where the real nature lover is at home. The ponds – we call them the ‘Wijers’ - are a paradise for many rare waterplants and animals (Eurasian bittern and tree frog ). They form a breath-taking backdrop for hikers alike. We'll do 6 km ( 4 miles) trail during 3 hours, starting at the Heidestrand Carpark. Easy level. I will tell you about the history of the landscape, the culture in the surroundings and the beauty of the ponds. Amazing panorama from the look-out tower and the bird-watching view houses over the water-reserve. Get also a glimps from the fish farming with the water birds. Enjoy the Dragonflies and damselflies, the Water bugst, the Reed and bog birds, the Common redshank, the Little ringed plover, the great crested grebe and the northern pintail. Mid-walk we'll stop at the Pelgrim's Chapel, ending up for a drink at the campersite Heidestrand.
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Your host

Learn more about Michel

Michel

I'm a Nature Guide and Coach. Passionate about trees and birds, with a special focus on waterbirds. I'll explain about biodiversity , evolution theory ( heterotroof/autotroof species) and ecology with the focus on bird-migration to the south, as well as their nidification in the breeding season ( making a nest). I bring nature again into your live, the time of an amazing walk in this wonderful water-land . Let's share well-being, let's feel free to enjoy this secret nature-paradise with the waterbirds, waterflowers and trees. I will tell you about rare species like the Great Cormorant, the Eurasian Spoonbill and the Ferruginous Ducks. Discover the 1001 ponds in Limburg Kempenland. Also fishfarms are active in this area, much appreciated by the Blue Heron. I will share my knowledge and expertise about the food pyramide for birds and fish

What's included

Drinks
Equipment
walking poles, trail maps, magnifying glass

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Where you'll be

Startingpoint is the Wijers' car parking ( tourist info center). Our 3 hours walk starts here. After 1,5 hour we reach the " look-out Tower " for a 15min break. 45 minutes later we'll arrive at the forest Chapel ( de Altijd Durende Bijstand) where a restroom ( toilet-WC) is available, with a 15 minutes stop. At the end we share a drink at Heidestrand ( recreation park) and then back to the Parking at a 5 minutes walk

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Do not forget Binoculars
Michel
The Wijers, Land of the 1001 Ponds
1 review
€40/person
1 review
€40/person