The Swal is a nature reserve right outside the centre of Koekelare.
This moist hay meadow is the property of the towns since 1992. The organisation for nature preservation of the 'Ruidenberg' is maintaining this unique piece of nature. The Swal is freely accessible and during the summer months, up to 400 orchids can be admired there.
The main entrance is located around the fork Swytswal and Eikendreef.