Winsener Marsch

Lower-Saxony  >  Germany

Several ponds and reedbeds amongst meadows and agricultural lands that attract a wide variety of breeding birds, migrants and feeding visititors

Added* by Mathieu Waldeck
Most recent update 12 February 2020


At almost any given time of the year great birds can be found on the ponds and in the surrounding meadows and reeds. A wide variety of special breeding birds, such as Bluethroat, numerous Sedge Warblers, Little Ringed Plover and Eurasian Hobby is completed by migrating wildfowl from autumn till spring. The area is also a favourite foraging site for a very wide array of raptors from Osprey, to White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard and Western Marsh Harrier. Species such as Red-footed Falcon, Pallid Harrier or White-winged Tern have become near-annual visitors.



Access is easiest by car as there are no subway stations nearby and buses only pass a few times a day.

Coming from Winsen or from Geesthacht, the easiest access is via the "Aueweg" in Drage. Then you just park somewhere near the pools to bird there, or you drive around the meadows, searching for raptors, storks or Grey Partridge.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Wetland , Lake , Reedbeds , Agriculture


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Spring migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Beware, several roads are only open to agricultural traffic!

The sites are still being used for the extraction of clay soil, which helps keeping the pools open from too much vegetation.

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