Photo of the Zwin nature reserve, Belgium

Het Zwin

In the 12th century, a storm broke through the dunes of the Flemish coast. It formed a tidal channel that reached as far as Bruges. Due to the silting of the channel, now all that remains are a saltmarsh, mudflats and brackish pools. A creek connects nature reserve Het Zwin to the North Sea. The reserve on the Belgian-Dutch border is an important area for roosting, wintering and breeding water birds. In 1986 the site was declared a Ramsar site.

Skylark
Skylark
Photo of the Zwin nature reserve, Belgium
Zwin
Avocet
Avocet
Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Shore Lark
Shore Lark
Photo of the Zwin nature reserve, Belgium
Zwin
Little Egret
Little Egret
Shelduck
Shelduck
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