Only 20 kilometers south of Berlin's outskirts lies the nature park Nuthe-Nieplitz. The humid lowlands of the rivers Nuthe and Nieplitz, forests, farmland, lakes and small villages are rich in birds. The meadows, pastures and flood plains in the lowlands of the watercourse Pfefferfließ are visited by many species of birds as rest and food areas. In autumn and spring many Common Crane as well as geese can be seen. Black Kite and Marsh Harrier are also looking for food here. From the Observation Tower at Lake Schwanensee it's good birding in every season. More then 150 different birdspecies are allready seen from the tower. In spring and autumn migratory birds rest, in the summer waterfowl raise their young and the Osprey catches fish. Large groups of geese are resident in the winter season. Common Crane and egrets can be seen year-round. An information panel in the tower shows the occurring bird species. Nice birds that also can bee seen are White-tailed Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Red-backed Shrike, Red Kite and Golden Oriole.
The tower is located directly on lake Schwanensee. Parking is available in Stangenhagen or at Pfeffergraben shortly after Stangenhagen direction Zauchwitz (see the P on the map). A walk leads to about one kilometer along the Pfeffergraben to the tower. You can also make a circular walk of km. This is the route we have drawn on the map.
Terrain and HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Grassland, Lake, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Spring migration, Autumn migration
RouteUnpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Best lighting conditions for bird watching are late afternoon and evening.
The nearby lakes Blankensee (White-tailed Eagle) and Riebener See are also good for birding as are also the surrounding forest areas.