Vorsperre Twistetalsperre

Hessen  >  Germany

The area has been under protection since 1976 and holds many waterbirds, ducks and waders. More than 160 different bird species have been reported here.

Added* by M. Sommerhage
Most recent update 9 April 2021
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Vorsperre Twistetalsperre is a protected nature reserve that serves as a sediment trap for the neighboring main dam. Characteristic bird species of the area are Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Eurasian Coot. Little Ringed Plover, Great Egret and Grey Heron, as well as Black Stork, are also regularly encountered. During migration, many species of waders also rest in the area. The waders benefit from the weir at the main dam, as this enables the water level to be regulated (resting opportunities by drying out the bank areas). In the reedbeds you can find birds like Water Rail and Reed Warbler.



A parking lot is located below the Vorsperre at the main dam directly on the main road towards Landau. From there, through the underpass of the main road, you get to an observation hide, from which you can see the area well. A hiking trail leads along the north-west bank, but does not offer a good insight into the nature reserve.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Valley , River , Lake , Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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