Whether you are fascinated by animals or not, it is always nice to know what wildlife in Belgium there is and what you can expect to see when you’re out and about. Belgium is a country that is home to many different types of animals and birds due to the amount of greenery and mountains in the country. There are also many wildlife reserved for you to visit and you will be guarenteed to see some of the animals there that are native to Belgium. Although there is a huge amount of greenery and forest in Belgium, which would make the perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife, sadly there are still many endangered species in Belgium and their numbers are decreasing.
Birds in Belgium
There are a total of 436 different species of birds that can be found in Belgium. Not all of these species of birds are native to Belgium, as some of them have been brought in to Belgium from other countries. There are hundreds of species of birds that can be found in Belgium, but here is a list of just some of the species that you may find: Larks, Storks, swifts, Loons, Swallows, Sparrows, Starlings, Black Terns, Woodpeckers, Honey Buzzards, Bustards, Nightjars, Barn owls, Gulls, Puffins and many, many more!
If you go down to the woods today…
Well, if you go down to the forest or a wooded area in Belgium you are likely to see traces, if not the real deal and may spot numerous different animals, birds and insects which are native to Belgium. It is more than likely that you will spot plenty of cattle animals, such as pigs, sheep and cows because there is plenty of farm land for them to roam. As you are driving around different routes in Belgium, you will see a lot of farmland and field where farmers and shepherds have left their cattle to graze on the grass. When driving in more rural areas, perhaps in villages, you may find some quiet roads blocked with sheep or cows and often the road can be held up for some time until they have moved out of your way.
Foxes, red deer, wild boar, wild cats, stags and even lynxes are all residents of the Belgian forests and wooded areas. Although it isn’t always a common event to come face to face with any of these species on your Sunday afternoon walk in the woods, do not take it for granted that you will not see these animals or signs that they are near by. Despite what the media may portray and stories that you may hear, none of these animals are likely to attack you deliberately and only do so in self defence. To avoid putting yourself or the animals at risk, then you should remember the following points: Do not go looking for them without the help of an expert who knows what to do, If you see signs that there are animals close by or you feel like you are close to their habitat or young – then get away as soon as you can. However, if you would like to see what kinds of animals live in the forests then there are many tours that you may go on, which will be a safe and controlled way to guarentee that you will not harm yourself, an animal and will guarentee that you will see be able to see some of the inhabitants of the Belgian forests.