Bottsand nature reserve is a great spot to find a varying bird community throughout the year. Many migratory waders can be found here during fall and spring, at times several hundred European Golden-Plover can be seen resting on the mudflats together with Dunlin and several other species. Common Tern, Arctic Tern and Little Tern breed in the reserve or in the surrounding area and can be seen during the summer, while Sandwich Tern and Caspian Tern are regularly seen resting on the sand banks during migration. The reedbeds hold a number of warblers and Bluethroat. During winter large numbers of diving ducks can be found offshore.
Early morning visits are recommended as this is a popular recreational site and many people and watersport enthusiasts will flock there independent of season and weather. Checking the water level (water level in the Baltic and dictated by wind and not by the tides) can be useful as the mudflats are often deserted during high water levels.
Several parking lots in the area, during summer most charge a parking fee. Public transport possible (Bus station "Wendtorf -Marina"). Alternative is to take a ferry from Kiel to Laboe and walk of bike from there the last 6 km.
Terrain and HabitatBeach, Mud flats, Scattered trees and bushes, Reedbeds, Dunes, Sea
ConditionsFlat, Sandy, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Winter, Autumn
RouteWide path, Paved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Can be combined with visits (seasonal) to Heidkate, Barsbecker See and Laboe.