Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

The nature reserves Düffel and Salmorth are a hotspot for wintering geese (Greater White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose) and other waterfowl.

Added* by Martin Stelbrink
Most recent update 26 January 2022
This birdingplace has not been rated yet. Click here to be the first to rate this area with 1 to 5 stars


Duing winter Düffel and Salmorth are real birding hotspots (season from late October to mid March). In the other seasons the area is less interesting. You can explore a lot of the Düffel area by car and watch resting and feeding geese from your car to avoid disruption. If you want to explore on foot, you can park your car either in Düffelward at the old ferry crossing (closed now) or on Schenkenschanz. If you walk "inland" from Schenkenschanz, the road can be muddy in winter. Key winter guests are: Greater White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose. Look at the flocks closely and you might detect Pink-footed Goose or Red-breasted Goose. In the old Rhine river bed you find Goosander, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal and other waterfowl in the winter. The open fields are hunted by Common Buzzard , Eurasian Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon all year round. In winter you may find Hen Harrier and with even more luck Rough-legged Buzzard. In the summer Red Kite , Black Kite and Marsh Harrier are seen regularly. It is highly recommended to be there an hour before sunrise or the hour from sunset to see thousands of geese depart from or return to their sleeping places in the several quarry lakes and old Rhine River arms of the area. Best to watch is from the Dyke at Düffelward or from Schenkenschanz.



For Schenkenschanz follow Rheinstraße from Griethausen and then take Martin-Schenk-Straße to Schenkenschanz. Go slowly and watch out for large flocks of geese left and right of the road (very good place to watch from the car). Parking in Düffelward is right at the old ferry crossing, which has been discontinued. The tour from Düffelward is easy on fixed roads (mainly field access roads) and on the dyke. On Schenkenschanz it is a dirt road that can (will) be muddy in winter.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Agriculture


Flat , Wet , Slippery , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season


Best time to visit



Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Show more birds Show less birds
Show more images Show less images

Comments & Tips

Click on the little bird icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!