Just outside Ghent, discover the peace and quiet of the Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. This beautiful, extensive swathe of marshy grassland is a nature reserve to cherish. It is only when the birds are migrating that you really realise how important this habitat is. Tens of thousands of birds flock here every year to nest in the wild of the East Flemish landscape.

Bring your binoculars

Spread over more than 220 hectares, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen is a unique reserve. The marshy meadows invite you to get out your binoculars. Scan the horizon.  Admire unspoilt nature. And why not explore the different walking trails? The Meerskant path offers a pleasant walk that is accessible for nature lovers in a wheelchair or with a visual impairment.

Ideal base for an active break

The Bourgoyen visitor centre is the ideal place to start your walk. Pick up a map of walking routes, borrow a set of binoculars if you like and off you go! You are welcome to join one of the free guided walks as well. Find out more on the website. After your walk—or before it—you can quench your thirst in the passive-design building where the visitor centre is housed.

And if you want, you can even book a birthday party for young children there! Your toddler and their friends will have an unforgettable afternoon hunting for Jefke the birthday ladybird.