Saeftinghe is best known for it abundance of birds. There are thousands of breeding shore birds, including redshank, black-headed and herring gulls, common tern and oyster catcher. The reedbeds provide excellent breeding habitat for red list species such as bearded reedling, blue throat, sedge warbler and marsh harrier. Outside the breeding season, Saeftinghe acts a ‘refuelling’ station for migrants and as a refuge for over-wintering birds. Apart from its importance for birds, the area also plays an important role for several other species groups.

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