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Meißendorfer Teiche

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

More than 130 species of birds breed in the Meißendorfer Teiche. A great place for birdwatching and one of the most valuable wetlands in Lower Saxony.

Added by Wolfgang Müller

Description

The Meißendorfer Teiche (ponds) with the Bannetzer Moor are a nature reserve and bird sanctuary of national importance on the edge of the Lüneburger Heide. The nature reserve comprises pond areas in different stages of succession, meadows and alder forests, sandy areas with pine trees, raised moor remains and large moor areas covered by bushes. You can see birds like White-tailed EagleOspreyCommon CraneBlack Stork and Great Bittern, and other animals like the otter.

But the Meißendorfer Teiche are particularly known for its rich bird life. About 130 breeding bird species. Next to the above mentioned Big Five you can see nice birds like Red-crested PochardCommon GoldeneyeEuropean Honey-buzzardEuropean Marsh HarrierEurasian Hobby and Red-backed Shrike. In addition, about 40 species of dragonfly and over 400 butterfly species live there. A circular hiking trail around the Hüttensee lake and its observation tower on the south bank offer wide views of the nature reserve.

Details

Access

Via the A7, exit Raststätte Allertal, then Landstrasse L 180 to WINSEN / ALLER. From there follow the signs "Meißendorfer Teiche, Hüttensee". Or just click on the P in the map to get directions.

From the parking place you can start a 8.7 km hiking trail around the Hüttensee and along 'Gut Sunder', the NABU (BirdLife Germany) Visitor Center. The trail shows the lakes from many angles and passes the observation tower on the south bank. There is another observation tower further south (see the map).

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Lake, Moors/heathland, Reedbeds, Grassland

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, Open landscape

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

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