Meldorfer Speicherkoog

Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Dithmarschen  >  Germany

You can find many different species of waterbird here, like waders and ducks. Special ones in the breeding time in spring and others, which stay over in winter.

Added* by Ulrike Bohle
Most recent update 14 February 2024


The Meldorfer Speicherkoog is a very large embanked area with several large lakes of different salinity, offering habitats for a variety of waterbird communities. It belongs to the "Nationalpark Wattenmeer" (Wadden Sea National Park) and is a protected area. Many birds feed on the mudflats and there are many different kinds of herons, waders, geese, ducks and swans to be seen, Sometimes you can see a White-tailed Eagle passing by or other raptors, falcons, Western Marsh Harrier and others. But most of all this is a paradise for waterbirds.

Throughout the year: Great Cormorant, grebes, geese, ducks, waders, gulls, and Bearded Tit

November-March: Whooper Swan, Greylag Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose

March-May: Barnacle Goose;

May: Curlew Sandpiper, Ruffand Ruddy Turnstone

April-August: Northern Northern Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit.

June- October: Eurasian Curlew and Spotted Redshank



The best vantage points for birdwatching are the road to Meldorfer Hafen (there is an observation tower just off the road), the sea dyke and the observation-hides in the nature sanctuaries of „Kronenloch“ in the north and „Wöhrdener Loch“ in the south.

Next to the protection areas you can park your car, make walks or go by bike. You can observe directly out of the car and mostly that's the best way because that way shy birds don't fly away and stay close to you.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Grassland , Sea , Mud flats , Beach , Lake


Flat , Open landscape , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Summer , Autumn , All year round , Winter

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer , Autumn migration , Autumn , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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