Het Zwin






East Atlantic flyway


Migratory Birds for People


Province of West Flanders i.a.w. Agency for Nature and Forest Management

Funding support: public funds, EU funds

Number of staff: 5

Number of visitors per year: 80,000

Overall aims of the centre

1: Maintain the Zwin Nature Reserve as an important link within the N2000 network on the East Atlantic Flyway

2: To be a main ecotouristic attraction point at the coast based upon the surrounding nature values and a contemporary environmental educational interpretation thereof

3: To act as an entrance gate for the entire Zwin region

4: To be a leading example of sustainability out of respect for the surrounding nature values

Description of the centre

Size: 158 ha (after 2013: +120 ha). Types of habitat: mud flat, salt marsh, dune.

Species supported: European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea), White Stork (Cyconia cyconia).

Activities run: guided tours, Interantional Bird Spotting Day, The Zwin on Stilts,

Exhibits: temporary exhibitions on biodiversity, arts, etc.

Location: North Sea coast at the border between Belgium and the Netherlands (20 km from Bruges)

Description: Coastal sand dune site – Includes large numbers of White Storks – Also captive collection of shorebirds.


Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Specific activities aimed at: the broad public, primary schools, secundary schools

Organisation of workshops and congresses (e.g. annual Honey Bee congress)


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Project planning


Graaf Leon

Lippensdreef 8,

8300, Knokke-Heist,


T: 050 607086

F: 050 622000

E: kris.struyf@zwin.be