NSG Salbruch

Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

Nature reservoir worth a look in every season with breeding White Stork and songbirds like European Stonechat, wintering waterfowl and migrating waders.

Added* by Martin Stelbrink
Most recent update 26 January 2022
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NSG Salbruch is a diverse nature reservoir along the Niers river. Around Clörather Mühle some ponds have been created in the former river bed of the Niers, which has been straightened in the early 20th century. In the summer a pair of White Stork breeds regularly next to the old water mill. Many other birds, such as Eurasian Oystercatcher, several specias of ducks and other waterfowl (Gadwall, Mallard, Eurasian Coot, Little Grebe, Eurasian Moorhen) , and many songbirds (most notably European Stonechat, Greater Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Golden Oriole) breed or stay the summer in this area, which contains different habitats of ponds and wetlands, greenland with hedges and small groups of trees, smaller forested areas and a former quarry pond. It's a good area to look out for birds of prey, such has Common Buzzard, Eurasian Kestrel, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Black Kite, Northern Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Hobby during summer and Hen Harrier during winter. Along the Niers river you can search for a hunting Common Kingfisher. During migration season, many resting birds can be observed. Typical species are Snipe, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff and others. Best location to watch these migratory birds are the ponds at Clörather Mühle and the Damoklesteich (the small pond at the end of a dirt road behind the old water mill). During winter many resting waterfowl can be seen on the quarry lake Rahserbruch and on the ponds at the Clörather Mühle. These contain many ducks such as Common Teal , Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon or Tufted Duck.



There is no dedicated parking area for this reservoir, but usually you should be able to find a space on the field access roads at the edges of the area (make sure, you don't block the road for farm traffic or residents as a few residents live in the area). The circular walking route indicated on the map is about 7 km long.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Grassland , River , Lake , Reedbeds , Scattered trees and bushes , Agriculture


Flat , High water possible , Open landscape , No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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