Saint-Ghislain - Le Pays vert
What can you see today? All the best of what nature has to offer! A walking trail (3km in total) was built on a former railway line. It led to two observatories located at the edge of the waterway. On either side of the path, willow bushes and hawthorn are home to a happy colony of birds: warblers, tits, robins and other nightingales. They’re not always easy to see for novices, but these small birds still wow you with their characteristic song. It’s a real open-air concert!
Once you’ve got to the observatories, open wide your eyes and ears. The wildlife taking refuge in the reserve is just waiting to impress. But beware: charming as they are, these creatures are shy so discretion is required to get a glance. The grey gull, common shelduck and bluethroat are some of the incredible nesting birds on this site. Thanks to the diverse environments that make up the reserve, each species has happily settled in. The reed-warbler and bluethroat appreciate the comfort of the reed beds while on the northern side occupied by small bodies of water, ducks play opposite amphibians and all manner of insects. It’s also in this part that you’ll fin bladderwort, a very rare carnivorous aquatic plant! Beware: it can swallow its prey in less than a thousandth of a second...
Good to know: there’s a parking area in Tertre along rue Olivier Lhoir, between rue des Marionville and the level crossing. Free access. Guided tours possible with the Natagora association: www.natagora.be