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Alfsee

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

A large flood retention basin, especially for resting water birds as an EU bird sanctuary.

Added by Wiebke Schäfer

Description

The Alfsee flood retention basin was created in the 1970s to prevent flooding. The area is designated as a EU bird sanctuary. It consists of a main basin and a reserve basin to the north, which is much more natural. The main lake is also heavily used for tourism. The most recommendable is the visit in winter, when masses of water birds like Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Goosander rest here. The lake is large and would certainly also be suitable for loons and sea ducks. In 2020 a Pygmy Cormorant visited the area.

Details

Access

There are plenty of parking spaces around the lake. The best way to get around the lake is by bike. The Rieste train station is nearby. The route that is shown on the map below has a total length of 15 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter

Route

Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

Birdingplaces Near

Der Dümmer

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

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

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