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Garstadter Seen

Bavaria, Lower Franconia  >  Germany

The Garstadter Seen are renatured quarry ponds that have developed an astonishingly rich birdlife for its size, basically for species that specialize on reeds.

Added by Thomas Büttel

Description

The birdlife is rich in the Garstadter Seen (lakes). Meaning a total of more than 270 recorded species of which more than a 100 are breeders. For this reason a visit in late spring is highly recommendable, even though of course it's worth a visit all around the year. On migration regularly rarer species are detected and particularly for waterfowl it's an important resting site in the region. The site is best explored on a 4 km circuit walk.

The woods hold all woodpecker species of the lowland like  Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Particularly in the "Garstadter Holz" pay furthermore attention to Collared Flycatcher. During spring the sound of Great Reed Warbler, Bluethroat and Savi's Warbler is very characteristic. With a bit of patience Little Bittern should be audible and even show up briefly; they prefer the reedy pond south of the tower. Once the Purple Heron has been a regular breeder, recently however their number has decreased as they've mostly moved to other wetland areas. In the winter the patient observer might even get a glimpse of a Great Bittern.

The lakes are surrounded by an open area intersected with bushes, where in the summer European Turtle-DoveRed-backed Shrike and Wryneck can be expected. In the winter months Great Grey Shrike are recorded regularly.

Details

Access

Leave the motorway A70 at the exit "Schweinfurt-Zentrum" and follow the road southwards for 4 km. Turn to the right following the signs at first towards Röthlein and afterwards to Heidenfeld.  Shortly after you have passed Heidenfeld on your left hand side turn right to the first lane (driving on it is permitted). Finally you arrive at a crossing, where the car park is situated.

The bus line 8137 (starts in Schweinfurt) stops at Heidenfeld. Alternatively, you can access the site by bicycle (the next train station is located in Schweinfurt), however the circuit walk itself isn't suitable for cycling.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Mud flats, Lake, Wetland, Reedbeds, Scattered trees and bushes

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, High water possible

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer

Route

Narrow trail, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

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