Bekendelle (Bekkendelle) Nature Reserve in Winterswijk

Bekendelle Nature Reserve - better known by the Achterhoek inhabitants as 'Bekkendelle' - is an old riparian deciduous forest through which the Boven-Slinge meanders. It is the perfect place for bird watchers! With a little luck you can spot the kingfisher, the great yellow wagtail and the rare middle spotted woodpecker.

Bekendelle is one of the few swamp forests in the Netherlands and is located south of Winterswijk, about 20 minutes by bike from De Twee Bruggen. The nature reserve has been part of the Winterswijk National Landscape since 2005 and has been designated as a Natura 2000 area since 2010. In this way, the unique nature is conserved and enhanced.

As you walk through the swamp forest, you hear the babbling brooks flowing. It is quiet and peaceful there. You will discover the beautiful transitions from wet to drier forests and the wide variety of plant and animal species. The area is characterised by a diversity of deciduous trees, such as alder, ash, elm and oak. Some trees have their own sign on which the name and the owner of the tree are written.

How do you get to Bekkendelle? Start a special walking route

Would you like to take a walking tour of Bekkendelle? Then start your tour at Wooldseweg 74 in Winterswijk, at Berendschots Watermill. From here, follow the 'Red Footsteps' that mark the path through the nature reserve.

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