Heve Valley

North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Germany

Valley of the river Heve with meandering stream, shrubland and adjacent spruce and beech forest.

Added* by Jonas Brüggeshemke
Most recent update 11 March 2023


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 Woodcock, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Firecrest, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Common 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 use the A7 hiking trail (circular walk of about 7 km, see the map). The trail leads along the river valley which can be best explored by foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Valley , Scattered trees and bushes , River


Flat , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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