Große Grabenniederung

West Brandenburg  >  Germany

Extensive lowland, criss-crossed by numerous ditches, in which large flood plains are formed by damming in winter and spring.

Added* by Martin Miethke
Most recent update 6 September 2021


Große Grabenniederung is an area of extensively farmed lowland and an important breeding and resting area for many geese, ducks, waders and other meadow breeders.

Greater White-fronted Goose and Barnacle Goose rest here by the thousands in late winter, furthermore Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler in spring by the hundreds. The breeding birds include Common Crane, Garganey, Northern Lapwing, Common Redshank, Sedge Warbler and Bluethroat. Limikoles like Ruff and Wood Sandpiper regularly rest on the spring migration. Great Egret, Black Stork, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine Falcon regularly use the area for foraging. In winter, nordic Geese like Tundra Bean Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose can be seen, as well as Whooper Swan, Hen Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Merlin, Great Grey Shrike and Twite.



You can explore the area from Gülpe in the northwest, from Wolsier in the north or from Parey in the south. There is a bus stop in Wolsier.

The route shown in the map consists of paved roads (the infamous “Plattenwege” of the former GDR), only the last section in front of the hut is a grassy path. From the birdwatching hide you have the best overview of the area.

Terrain and Habitat

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


Flat , Open landscape , High water possible , Wet , No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Winter , Spring


Paved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Important: the part of the route between Wolsier and Parey is closed to vehicles between March 15th and May 20th!

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