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BE17 0016 2443 2021
What better way to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Flemish Coastal region than by discovering the recently renovated and enlarged Zwin Nature Park? The Zwin plain is an exceptional area of pastoral landscape: a foreshore.
The interactions between ebb and flood has created a habitat consisting of tidal marshes known for their rare plants which can survive this unique salt water biotope. The sea lavender or Zwinneblomme is but one of these plants.
But above all ,the mud flats provide a rich and varied source of food for many rare bird species. It is no surprise that the plain is often described as an international airport for foreign birds. They come here to breed, hibernate or simply look for food or in the case of the storks “to welcome” you.
This amazing world will open its many facets during our guided walk, followed by a visit to the Zwin exhibition where you can fly alongside the Zwin migratory birds.
12.30: Lunch at the Zwin bistro “ The Shelter”: 2 courses, including water, 1 glass of beer/wine and coffee. Vegetarians please notify at registration.
Following our lunch, a short drive (15km/22minutes) will take us to Oostkerke with its white-washed houses with its impressive Early Gothic Saint Quintinus church and certainly one of the prettiest villages of West Flanders.
We will stroll through the fields and admire the 14th century Oostkerke Manor garden, inspired and laid out by two famous garden architects: Gertrude Jeckyll and Mien Ruys and this in total harmony with the surrounding polder landscape.
from Brussels: take the E40. Exit Brugge direction Brugge/Haven Zeebrugge (E403), continue on the N31 and then on the A11, exit Natiënlaan/N49. Take the N376 and next the Hazegrasstraat to the Graaf Leopold Lippenslaan.
From Antwerp: take the E34 and N49.
by train and bus: from Knokke train station: line 12 Knokke- Zoute- Oosthoek.
As the Zwin Nature Park and especially Oostkerke are not easily reached by public transport, members/participants are kindly asked to consider car-pooling or communicate their willingness to give a lift to those who have no car.