Heidkate Strand

Schleswig Holstein  >  Germany

Great location for winter birding and during migration. Best spot for Purple Sandpiper.


Heidkate Strand is at its best during the winter and spring. Large groups of diving ducks such as Common Eider , Common Scoter and Long-tailed Duck are feeding and resting off the beach. While Purple Sandpiper can be found in suprisilngly large numbers moving between the breakwaters. Dunlin, Sanderling, Rock Pipit and Water Pipit can be found on the beach and the breakwaters, too. Gulls and other waterfowl can be seen in this areas as well. Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon) and Red-throated Diver can be seen offshore.

A lot of passerines are moving along this part of the coast during  spring migration. Some of them rest in the bushes and small woodlands behind the dunes.

To get a good look at the birds on the beach and the breakwaters an early visit before most beach visitors and their dogs have arrived is recommended.



Difficult to reach with public transport. Several parking lots around, cost a parking fee during the summer months.

Terrain and Habitat

Beach, Sea, Dunes


Flat, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter, Spring

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring migration


Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

Can be nicely combined with visits at Bottsand and Barsbeker See

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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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