The Netherlands (or Holland as it is sometimes called) is one of the smaller countries of the European Union and lies to the west of Germany and north of Belgium with the North Sea to the west and north with 451 kilometers of shoreline. The majority of the country lies below sea-level, and is cultivated meadows and fields which give the overall flat impression. In the east, south and central is a more varied landscapes with mostly mixed woodlands. Along the coastline is a stretch of dunes landscapes. In the villages and cities are plenty of parcs, canals and ponds which are attractive to wildlife. In the north is the Wadden Sea which is a tidal mudflats with a similar landscape in the south west in the province of Zeeland.

The largest nature reserves are the Wadden Sea, the coastal dunes and Hoge Veluwe. There are over 500 species of birds recorded by the Dutch Birding Association.

Many visiting birders have a list of target birds they like to see or photograph - Red-breasted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Black Woodpecker, Smew, White-tailed Eagle and Crested Tit which breed and/or winter in the Netherlands. But most birders and photographers visit the Netherlands for the variety and vast numbers of wintering ducks, geese and waders that are attracted to the meadows and wetlands.

Text courtesy


Smew © Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

Showing the 22 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Holland - Texel Island - August 8th - 9th, 2013, author Graham Chisholm (added September 6, 2013)

The Netherlands - Zuid Holland and airport surroundings - September 7th and 8th 2008, author Pieter van der Luit (added September 10, 2008)
(Province of Zuid Holland: Dotterel, Cetti's Warbler, Parasitic Jaeger, Garganey)

The Netherlands - Dutch Birding Bonanza - 20th to 27th October, 2006, author Christopher Hall (added November 1, 2006)

The Netherlands, 9th - 16th February 2008,, author Taco en Rik (added May 8, 2008)
(Birding in Zeeland, Oostvaardersplassen, Holland and Friesland)

Texel - 18th - 24th April 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created May 5, 2017)

The Netherlands: big day & big birds - May 19th and May 21st 2008, author Pieter van der Luit (added May 26, 2008)
(Oostvaardersplassen, Limburg, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Black Woodpecker,)

Scraping the bottom of the barrel in the Low Countries - 1st - 9th May 2010, author Mark Hows (added May 20, 2010)

The Netherlands - Birds & Bulbfields - 28th April to 2nd May, 2005, author Christopher Hall (added May 18, 2005)
(The wetland reserve of Oostvaardersplassen and Veluwezoom National Park)

Going Dutch - 28th April - 3rd May 2011, author Mark Hows (added May 14, 2011)

Northern France, Belgium and Netherlands, author Dani Valverde (link created May 12, 2009)

The Netherlands - Birds & Bulbfields - 21st - 27th March 2016, author Christopher Hall (added March 29, 2016)

The Netherlands - February 2009 - not only Texel, author Nicola Scatassi (added March 2, 2009)
(Texel, Snowy Owl, Red-breasted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Iceland Gull)

Netherlands - Zeeland and the island of Texel - July 15th and 16th 2008, author Pieter van der Luit (added July 19, 2008)
(Zeeland, Texel, Caspian Tern, Cetti's Warbler, Ruddy Shelduck, Osprey, Little Tern, Spoonbill, Peregrine Falcon, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Greenshank)

Snowy Owls in the Low Countries of Europe - December 2008, author Daniel López Velasco (added January 15, 2009)
(Snowy Owl, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Bewick's Swan)

Holland - January 2009, author Mark Gawn (added February 6, 2009)
(Goose Quest)

Winter birding in Holland - 2008, author Daniel López Velasco (added February 6, 2008)
(Considering the number of rarities (specially by Spanish standards) wintering in Holland this year (2008), and the extremely cheap flights from Madrid to Eindhoven (less than 40 euros), we decided not to miss the opportunity and made a short 3-day trip)

Egypt, Sinai - October 2008 with Cascina Picus - Skua Travels, author Nicola Scatassi (added February 16, 2009)
(South Sinai, Sharm, Ras Mohammed and Nabq NP, St. Catherine Monastery, thousands of raptors...)

Netherlands twitch, Oct 2009, author Chris Lansdell (link created December 9, 2009)
(Twitch for Long-toed Stint, Canvasback and loads of other local goodies )

Netherlands - Oostvaardersplassen and Zeeland - August 18th and 19th 2008, author Pieter van der Luit (added August 22, 2008)
(Oostvaardersplassen and Zeeland, White-tailed Eagle, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Ruddy Shelduck)

Discover Texel - A Dutch Hotspot - 12th - 18th April 2019, author Christopher Hall (added April 25, 2019)

Birding Netherlands - April 2016 - recon day tour, author Birding Netherlands (added April 25, 2016)
(Netherlands, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Alkmaar, Marsh Sandpiper, Spoonbill, Bluethroat, Black Brent, White-bellied Brent, Waders, Geese)

The Netherlands -Target birding (December 31st 2007 and January 5th - 6th 2008), author Pieter van der Luit (added April 18, 2008)
(Oostvaardersplassen, dunes, Brabant, Limburg, Maastricht, White-tailed Eagle, Smew, Red-breasted Goose, Little Bunting, Ferruginous Pochard and Eagle Owl)

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