The classical tour (circuit walk around the "Großer Strichweiher") is particularly during the breeding season a good guideline. Note that many other paths (especially between the ponds) are closed for public from 1st March to 31st August. The signposts are quite inconspicious and can sometimes easily be looked over. You walk at first along several smaller ponds where common species of diving and dabbling ducks can usually be observed, of which particularly the Red-crested Pochard is worth mentioning. The reedbeds hold almost all typical species like Savi's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Great Reed Warbler and Bluethroat. On the largest pond the "Großer Strichweiher" Black-necked Grebe breed on a regular basis, it is often the most productive part of the area. For several years now both Little Bittern and Purple Heron can be found in the reserve, but can be difficult to spot.
The first ponds are normally drained during the first September days. The situation is hardly predictable, so a bit of patience and luck is always needed. In addition to the "classical tour" I suggest two other routes that lead in to parts of the reserve that are closed during the breeding season (can be visited only from 1st September onwards). Different wader species can be expected, as well as the elusive Spotted Crake.
Leave the motorway A 3 at the exit 80 “Höchstadt - Ost” and follow the B 470 to “Gremsdorf”. Turn in “Gremsdorf” left in the direction of “Krausenbechhofen”. Staying on this street you'll get straight to “Biengarten” via “Krausenbechhofen” and “Poppenwind”, which is a good starting point for a trip to the ponds. Leave “Biengarten” in southern direction and turn right into the second path, where you can also park your car.
The next railway station is located in “Höchstadt/Aisch”. From there it is 5 kilometers to the site. Furthermore, the bus lines 248 and 247 are serving the villages nearby. Most paths are suitable for cycling with one significant exception: there is a narrow and often wet section on the first kilometer of the circuit trail.
Terrain and HabitatLake, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, High water possible, No shadow
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn, Summer
Best time to visitSummer, Spring, Autumn migration
RoutePaved road, Wide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
A few kilometers from here you can visit the ponds of Neuhaus with a similar selection of species (good for herons in particular) and the Bischofsweiher near Erlangen (interesting site for waterfowl, especially Black-necked Grebe).