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Complex of old gravel pits in the southern floodplains of the river Leine.
The Koldinger Teiche (Koldinger Ponds) attract many birds with its extensive water surfaces and green shores. For more than 40 years, gravel sands were mined here. Legacy: Around 190 hectares of water, spread over a dozen lakes. Due to its great importance for birds the lake landscape has been protected since 2001. There is a circular hiking trail (4 km) around the biggest lake (Großer Koldinger See) and there are two bird observation towers on its shores. Among the birds that can be seen are Goosander, Smew, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Goldeneye, Little Grebe, Caspian Gull, Common Kingfisher and Osprey.
The Koldinger Ponds are located 10 km south of Hanover. The area can be reached by bus and train via the stops Rethen (Leine) Kiesgrube, Gleidingen Orpheusweg, Gleidingen Thorstraße and Ruthe Friedhof. If you arrive by car: there is a parking place on the north side of the Großer Koldinger See. Click on the P in the map to get directions. From the parking you can walk the 4 km circular trail that passes two bird observation towers.