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Another great Common Crane watching spot in the surroundings of Diepholz. Every autumn tens of thousands of Common Crane can be seen here.

Added* by Mark van den Bosch
Most recent update 8 June 2023


Oppenwehermoor (part of the Diepholz district in Lower Saxony) is another great area for watching Common Crane. It has a watchtower that is less crowded compared to other moors in the area.



Parkingplace near the watchtower (See the P on the map). It's just a 500 meter walk to the watchtower.

Terrain and Habitat



Flat , Wet , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season


Best time to visit

Autumn migration


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The areas around Diepholz are famous for the gathering of Common Crane every autumn. Diepholz has 24,000 hectares of peat bogs in eleven different areas. Between the areas are small villages and lots of corn fields and grassland. Most visitors are gathered around a few large observation towers, and the rest of the area is usually quiet. The thousands of birds gather here in Germany during the Common Crane migration to fat up for their trip to the more southern wintering grounds. During this period, the number may reach in the tens of thousands. During te day the birds are foraging (feeding) on the different corn fields in the area and in the evening they fly in great numbers to their sleeping places in the peat bogs around Diepholz. The best time of the year, with the biggest amounts of Common Crane is during the last two weeks of october, and the first week in november.


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