Esterwege Dose

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

Big raised moor area of 4,747 hectares north of the village of Esterwegen.

Added* by André Van Houten
Most recent update 27 January 2023
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Esterweger Dose is the largest raised moor area in the German state of Lower Saxony. The area is divided into core and buffer zones. The core areas are not accessible. Birds that breed in the area are Northern Lapwing, Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, European Stonechat, Whinchat, Eurasian Nightjar, Meadow Pipit and Common Teal. Also a chance to observe birds like Eurasian Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Greater White-fronted Goose, Red-backed Shrike and Common Crane.



There is no circular hiking trail, only a few paths into the moor. Since peat is mined in the entire core area, access is prohibited there. On the south side of the area is an educational trail (Moor Info Pfad, click on the P in the map to go there) and there is a viewpoint from a hill (see the map). The rest of the area can only be explored from the edges.

Terrain and Habitat



Flat , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Until about 2015, the Esterweger Dose was the last breeding area of European Golden Plover in Central Europe. Despite an ambitious rescue program, the bird could not be preserved for the area.

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