This heathland is home to several birds, herps and insects that are rare or can't be found anywhere else in Hamburg and its surroundings, most importantly Eurasian Nightjar, but also Eurasian Woodcock, Wood Lark and Long-eared Owl. Its also possible to find Adder, Sand Lizards and darters among the blossoming heath (best in August)
If you come by car, you can park at the car park "Fischbektal".
If you come by subway, you take the line "S3" and step off in "Hamburg-Neugraben". After this you can walk/bike the 2 km through the residential area or make a detour via the nature reserve "Moorgürtel" in the north.
Terrain and HabitatMoors/heathland, Dunes, Scattered trees and bushes
ConditionsHilly, Sandy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonSummer
Best time to visitSummer
RouteUnpaved road, Wide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailStrenuous
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
There are only few target species, almost all of them are found best in summer.
The Nature reserves "Moorgürtel" and "Finkenwerder Süderelbe" both lie north of the Fischbeker Heide and are best visited in spring and summer, when species such as River Warbler, Quail, Corncrake, White-tailed Eagle, waders and passerines can be found here