Steinhorster Becken

Delbrück  >  Germany

A nature reserve of about 80 ha in size and contains a mosaic of habitats, like reedbeds, freshwater lakes and wetlands; an ideal spot for many species of bird.

Added* by Andreas
Most recent update 12 February 2020


The Steinhorster Becken is a fairly recent, human-made, nature reserve consisting of a mosaic of habitats, like reedbeds, freshwater ponds with islands and wetlands. The area serves as both resting and foraging for many species of bird.

In winter, the area is great for observing ducks, geese and herons, like Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, Barnacle Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Grey Heron and Great Egret. The ponds are also a great place to observe Goosander.

In spring, the area is used by Common Crane to rest when migrating northwards to their breeding grounds. Other migrating species that often can be found here are Osprey, Black Stork and Peregrine Falcon. The area is also home to many breeding species, like Black-headed Gull, Northern Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe and Eurasian Curlew. From 2010 on, the area is also home to a breeding pair of White Stork.



Parking area is available at Westerwieher Strasse. You can make a circular route of about three kilometers, both walking and cycling.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , River , Mud flats


Flat , Wet , 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 , Winter , Spring


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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