Nature parks and visitor centres at the Belgian Coast

Nature fanatics are in the right place at the Belgian Coast, even if the weather’s bad.Because, rest assured, you can always go and explore the local fauna and flora in the dunes, along the coastline, in the polders and the green hinterland.
And those dying to know literally everything about it can go and check out one of the nature parks or visitor centres...

De Nachtegaal

The permanent and temporary exhibitions in De Nachtegaal visitor centre let you get up close to the sea, the beach and the dunes. Schools and other large groups are catered for too with a range of educational programmes.
And the centre is also the perfect place to set off from if you’d like to get out and about in the Westhoek nature reserve, the Calmeyn woods, Oosthoek or Houtsaeger dunes.

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The Doornpanne visitor centre of Veurne-Ambacht’s inter-municipal water company teaches its guests everything there is to know about water extraction and the fauna and flora in De Doornpanne nature area of Oostduinkerke, the Calmeyn woods, Krakeel and Cabour dunes. There’s also a nature learning route and signposted walks to get out and about.

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Uitkerkse Polder

The interactive exhibition in this visitor centre lets guests discover the story of the Uitkerkse Polder, while the observation huts offer great views of this meeting place for migratory birds and breeding ground for meadow birds. A real must for families with children!

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Dubbed ‘international bird airport’, the Zwin nature park has always been a gem of the Belgian Coast, but since 2016 the area has become a real must for nature fanatics with its completely new visitor centre and vast park, including the Zwin plain and Zwingeul.

Discover more about the Zwin Natuur Park.

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