Drover Heide

Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

Beautiful protected heathland with around 600 ha in total and around 250 ha of open land is located close to the village of Drove.


The Drover Heide is a former military training area and today a nature reserve. About 120 ha of the total area is accounted for by the actual heathland, 290 ha on forest areas, 150 ha are fenced and grazed by cattle and goats, so that the heath is kept short. To date, more than 130 bird species have been observed in the area. Among the birds you can see are Meadow PipitEuropean StonechatRed-backed ShrikeWood Lark and Eurasian Nightjar.



Access from the village of Drove or Stockheim by foot or by bike. If you arrive by car, leave the car on the parking at the K28. See the P on the map. (https://goo.gl/maps/PWPt6zQMpxKUtgzL9). The walking route shown on the map is about 12 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Moors/heathland, Forest


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Summer

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer


Wide path, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In the nature reserve you can only walk on marked trails. Some areas and trails can be seasonally closed during the breeding season for the protection of breeding birds. Please note the information!

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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