Kerstlingeröder Feld

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

Former military training area with a mix of forest and meadows. The most reliable site for Wryneck in the area.

Added* by Volker Hesse
Most recent update 22 December 2020
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The Kerstlingeröder Feld is almost 200 hectares of open space within the Göttingen Forest. The mix of forest, open meadows and scattered bushes is attractive to a large number of species that are rare elswhere. A visit may produce all woodpecker species. The site is the most reliable for Wryneck and Grey-headed Woodpecker in the area that usually breed with one or two pairs. April is a good month for finding migrating Ring Ouzel. Good numbers of Tree Pipit and Red-backed Shrike can be found between May and August. Other breeding birds include Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush and Common Redstart. Rarely Corn Crakeoccurs. Autumn visits can be rewarding during migration with several thousands of Chaffinch and large numbers of Brambling on a good day. Great Grey Shrike may occur in winter.



The closest carpark is at the Kehr, a popular recreation area. Click on the P in the map to get directions. From here continue the road, pass the boar and deer enclosures, continue on the road past the barrier. After 700 meter or so you reach a T-junction where you turn left. Kerstlingeröder Feld ist reached after another 200 meter. The circular route you see on the map is 3 km. So the total walking distance from the parking and back is about 5 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Plateau


Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn migration


Unpaved road , Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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