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More than 230 bird species have been recorded in these former gravel pits that have been transformed into a nature reserve of 26 hectares.

Added* by Wolfgang Müller
Most recent update 13 January 2024


The former gravel mining area Plessenteich has been transformed into a bird sanctuary. Shallow water zones and islands have been created. The lake landscape serves more than 230 bird species as a breeding and resting place. From the observation tower and several other viewpoints you have good views on the area. The Plessenteich is good for birding at any time of the year. Regular breeding birds are Great Reed Warbler, Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover and Northern Lapwing. Also Common Kingfisher, Yellowhammer, Red Kite and Mediterranean Gull are often seen. Annually recurring migrating birds include Common Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Great Egret, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Common Greenshank and Common Snipe.



Plessenteich is located 8 km southeast of the city of Ulm and directly north of the village of Werzlen. No parking lot signposted, you can park along the beginning of the street "Am Plessenteich" (89231 Neu-Ulm). Click on the P in the map to get directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Reedbeds


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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