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Area of gravel pits that is home to the second largest European Bee-eater colony in Rhineland-Pfalz.
Grube Gerolsheim is a disused gravel pit in the middle of the Rhine plain. It contains different habitats, including a long escarpment where European Bee-eater breeds. There are also reed beds and waterfowl and typical field and shrub birds live in the area. In the area you can also find deer, foxes and nutria. The site can be observed from a hide. The European Bee-eater sometimes come very close to the camera lenses.
Especially between mid-June and the end of August you have a chance to observe the colony of European Bee-eater. Other birds you can expect in the area are European Turtle Dove, Reed Warbler, Eurasian Coot, Cuckoo, European Goldfinch, Linnet, Skylark and Blackcap.
There are no parking facilities directly at the pit, so it is advised to use the parking lot at the Lambsheim cemetery. This is about 4 km from the pit. The resulting circular walk of 8 km leads through intensively used agricultural land, so it might be a good option to go by bike. If you explore the area on foot from Lambsheim, you should expect about 3 hours.