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