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Winsener Marsch

Lower-Saxony  >  Germany

Several ponds and reedbeds amongst meadows and agricultural lands that attract a wide variety of breeding birds, migrants and feeding visititors

Added by Mathieu Waldeck

Description

At almost any given time of the year great birds can be found on the ponds and in the surrounding meadows and reeds. A wide variety of special breeding birds, such as Bluethroat, numerous Sedge Warblers, Little Ringed Plover and Eurasian Hobby is completed by migrating wildfowl from autumn till spring. The area is also a favourite foraging site for a very wide array of raptors from Osprey, to White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard and European Marsh Harrier. Species such as Red-footed Falcon, Pallid Harrier or White-winged Tern have become near-annual visitors.

Details

Access

Access is easiest by car as there are no subway stations nearby and buses only pass a few times a day.

Coming from Winsen or from Geesthacht, the easiest access is via the "Aueweg" in Drage. Then you just park somewhere near the pools to bird there, or you drive around the meadows, searching for raptors, storks or Grey Partridge.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Wetland, Lake, Reedbeds, Agriculture

Conditions

Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn, Spring migration

Route

Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

Beware, several roads are only open to agricultural traffic!

The sites are still being used for the extraction of clay soil, which helps keeping the pools open from too  much vegetation.

Birdingplaces Near

The "Lower Seeve lowlands (Untere Seeveniederung)" can be quite interesting, including Geese, ducks, and other openland species.

At the "Staustufe Geesthacht" one may find interesting ducks, gulls or even a beaver.

On the other side of the river Elbe lies the nature reserve "Kirchwerder Wiesen", where some of Hamburgs last Black-tailed Godwits, Garganeys and Black Terns survive.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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