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Leinepolder Salzderhelden

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

Leinepolder Salzderhalden is the largest (wet) greenland complex in southern Lower Saxony with a breeding population of Corn Crake.

Added by Volker Hesse

Description

Leinepolder Salzderhalden (> 500ha) consists of a mixture of wet meadows, reedbeds scattered with bushes and trees. In winter and spring the area can get flooded resulting in a lage shallow lake attractive to waterfowl and migrating waders. March and April are best with large flocks of Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Common Teal among other waterfowl. Large flocks of Northern Lapwing often contain small numbers of European Golden-Plover . Common Crane usually is present, with single birds still around in May. Migration of waders in March - May can be interesting. Regular visitors are Ruff , Common Greenshank , Common Redshank (in small numbers), Green Sandpiper , Wood Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank but several rarities such as Broad-billed Sandpiper , Sociable Lapwing or Collared Pratincole have paid this site a visit.

Breeding birds are for example  Bluethroat , Sedge Warbler , Grasshopper Warbler or  Savi's Warbler. All European Rails and Crakes have used the area for breeding, though only Water Rail and Corn Crake turn up yearly.

Autumn migration usually is quieter due to the lack of water.

In winter, large flocks of Geese (usually  Greylag Goose , Tundra Bean-Goose , Greater White-fronted Goose ) are around. Here, the chances are best for finding Rough-legged Buzzard , that occasionally stay a few days or weeks.

Details

Access

The area can be reached by car via A7. Exit "Northeim Nord", drive towards Einbeck and turn left after 600m. At the end of the road turn right towards Einbeck and then right onto L 572 again at the next crossing. Drive through Stöckheim and Drüber.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Reedbeds, Grassland

Conditions

Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Winter, Summer

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Bicycle, Foot, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

The area can be crowded with birds or deserted. The abundence of birds is highly influenced of the water levels. Periods with lots of precipitation are required to create the high water situations that are necessary to flood the area. Therefore spring usually offers best conditions.

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