The area was part of an EU LIFE project where non-indigenous spruce plantations have been removed and the meandering course of streams restored until 2014. Since then, the clearcut areas have been developed under natural succession and represent an interesting mosaic of semi-open dry and swampy habitats. The surrounding forest was partially damaged by 2007 windstorm "Kyrill" and thus also contains clearings and semi-open windthrow areas.
Seven species of woodpeckers can be seen and heard along the trail (Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck). Other interesting forest birds include Eurasian Woodcock, European Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Firecrest, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Red Crossbill, Mistle Thrush and Eurasian Pygmy-Owl. The semi-open patches provide habitat for Tree Pipit, Red-backed Shrike, European Turtle-Dove, Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Warbler, European Stonechat and Yellowhammer. Common Raven and Black Stork are visitors. Along the river, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Dipper and Grey Wagtail can be encountered.
There is a car park at Neuhaus. From there, a trail leads along the river valley which can be best explored by foot.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Valley, Scattered trees and bushes, River
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Möhne reservoir is not far away (see description of the area).