The nature reserve is being thoroughly renovated. A new visitors' centre is planned and 15 small bird cages are being replaced by an enormous 'Bird Hall' for local birds.
Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen says that the plan for a 'super cage' is old-fashioned. Jan Rodts: "It's completely out-dated. It conflicts with the principles of a nature reserve and this is the oldest nature reserve in the land. Surely we're not going to turn it into a zoo or a bird park? People come here to enjoy nature and observe birds in their natural environment with binoculars. They don't come here to see birds in a cage!"
The Province of West Flanders that has the final say plans to meet with Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen next week to hear their objections first hand.