Abgrabung Graverdyk

Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

A quarry lake with a sandbank good for watching migrating waders and wintering waterfowl.

Added* by Martin Stelbrink
Most recent update 26 January 2022


Abgrabung Graverdyk is a quarry pond with only a few places, where birdwatchers can see the area. There is an observation point overlooking the western lake, which can be recommended during winter to look out for wintering waterfowl. Most prominent guests are Tufted Duck, Common Pochard and Northern Pintail, but also rare visitors such as Velvet Scoter or Red-throated Diver have been observed (you have to be very lucky, though). In other seasons there are not too many birds to be seen on the lake. During spring and autumn migration a sandbank in the eastern main lake draws wading birds, such as Northern Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover or Common Ringed Plover. There is an opening in the trees surrounding the lake and a place, where birders can watch the sandbank. It is indicated in the map (you have to watch through an iron fence). There is a Sand Martin colony on the new lake in the east (spring / summer), but it is difficult to watch due to distance. I have indicated a spot with an overlook. The trees / hedges around the lake contain a variety of song birds.



There is no dedicated parking, but you can park along the roadside near the observation point on the grass next to the road (make sure you do not block farm and residential traffic). Given the distance to the birds you will need a spotting scope. Apart from the observation point (interesting only in winter) you will have to watch through iron fence from the roadside (very quiet field access roads).

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Beach , Mud flats



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Winter


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car , Bicycle , Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


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