the High Dikes
Centuries ago, a large area of dunes stretched out here. This was part of a headland of the sandy region. During the construction of the Jabbeke-Veurne motorway, this dune sand was used. This created a large well of up to 15 to 20 metres deep. Then nature regained possession of it and the large well became a unique wintering area behind our coast for numerous water birds. In 1986 the domain was developed into a nature education centre with the possibility of quiet recreation (hiking and fishing). Guided tours are also organised on a regular basis. There is also a visitor centre!
De Hoge Dijken are mainly known in Flanders for their importance as a bird area. Every year up to 6000 birds hibernate in and around the domain. De Hoge Dijken is not only a paradise for birds. Thanks to the diversity of the area - from dry, acid sandy soil to moist grassland - it is also an excellent biotope for many plants, butterflies, insects and mammals.
The visitor centre 'The Great Sawbill' is available for the educational activities around the domain. Diamontages, video films, books, magazines and other permanent educational material provide an insight into the value of 'De Hoge Dijken'. '
What does de Hoge Dijken have to offer?
- Paradise for ducks
- Reception Gate The Big Sawbill
- Accessible for disabled persons and prams
- Observation cabins