Trieber Baggerseen

Bavaria, Upper Franconia  >  Germany

A renatured area of former and still active quarry ponds surrounded by riparian forest. Despite of the size a great variety of breeders are attracted.

Added by Thomas Büttel


Since of its renaturation in consequence of the Life-Nature Project Oberes Maintal the variegated site could attract a decent number of breeders. Notable is the presence of the only recent breeding pair of Common Tern in Upper Franconia. During the summer both Black-crowned Night-Heron and Purple Heron are regularly observed from the observation facilities. The riparian forest hold classical species like Grey-headed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerGolden Oriole and  Common Nightingale. The  Eurasian River Warbler is singing almost annually in the boundaries of the reserve or a few hundred meters west of it. Bluethroat, Grasshopper Warbler and Marsh Warbler are easily heard out of the scrub along the ponds. 

Navigation is quite simple: On the eastern shore of the first lake you'll find a panel with gaps that can be approached by a small trail from the main road (can easily be missed). From here dabbling ducks, geese and herons can be seen, as well as single waders (common species) when the water level is low. The reeds hold Savi's Warbler and Great Reed Warbler. The second pond is overviewed by a real hide. Over the last two years the mudbanks have overgrown, so its attractivity to resting waders has decreased (but hopefully grow as a potential breeding site).



Leave the motorway A 73 at "Dreieck Lichtenfels" and follow the B 173 until you reach the village Trieb. Turn here left in the second street. There is no official car park.

The best way to access the site by public transport is maybe taking the train to Michelau in Oberfranken. From here a cycle path leads you straight to the area (distance 1,5 km).

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes, Reedbeds


Flat, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Summer

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


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