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Ahsewiesen

North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Germany

A 370 ha protected area along the river Ahse consisting of wet meadows, reedbeds and hedgerows.

Description

The area is of great importance for breeding birds of semi-natural grasslands and wetlands. Around 80 species of breeding birds are recorded annually, including Eurasian Curlew, Northern LapwingWhite Stork , Little Grebe, Water Rail, Common Quail, Garganey, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Hobby, Common Cuckoo, Bluethroat, European Stonechat, Reed Warbler (rarely Sedge Warbler and Great Reed Warbler) and Red-backed Shrike. Large flocks of  Greater White-fronted Goose use the area during winter, and also a small group of Lesser White-fronted Goose from a rewilding project in Sweden has established a "tradition" to visit the area for wintering, starting in 2017. In late winter, the area serves as roosting place for hundreds of Common Crane and during spring migration, a great variety of ducks and waders can be encountered. Occasionally, rarities show up (e.g. Purple Heron, Ferruginous Duck, Little Crake).

Details

Access

There is a car park in Heintrop, next to the sports field. From there, you can explore the area by foot or bike.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Paved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

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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