Altes Feld bei Dainrode

Hessen  >  Germany

One of the most important bird migration areas in Hesse. Large numbers of raptors can be observed as well as big groups of migrating songbirds.

Added* by Kurt Möbus
Most recent update 13 February 2023


The Altes Feld (Old Field) near Dainrode was the largest Hessian resting place for Northern Lapwing in the 1970s with daily maximums (resting population) of around 14,000. Up to 600 European Golden Plover. Rare Dotterel. Large numbers of raptors, sometimes over 50 Red Kite and 100 Common Buzzard. The Rough-legged Buzzard is an occasional migrant and winter guest. In the cold winter of 86/87 up to 20 individuals. Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin and Snow Bunting regularly. Sometimes Common Crane rest, often thousands of them migrating. Maximum numbers: Skylark 10,000, Fieldfare 10,000, Redwing 6,000, Common Starling 200,000, Meadow Pipit 2,000.



Altes Feld located near the village of Dainrode. The area is crossed by the B 253 and is very easy to reach. Driving on dirt roads is forbidden, but is probably never checked.

Terrain and Habitat

Plateau , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , Agriculture , City/village


Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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