Field trips on offer:
Rolf offers field trips getting to know the urban bird life within the city of Berlin, as well as full day trips in the immediate vicinity of Berlin or further afield. There are 46 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) around Berlin as well as one IBA in the city itself (as at 2003). He knows most of them like the back of his hand. Particularly recommended are:
The UCKERMARK tour:
The tour begins at either Fürstenberg/Havel or Prenzlau railway stations, both of which can be easily reached from Berlin main station (Berlin-Hauptbahnhof) see www.bahn.de. During these day trips we will visit the Schorfheide-Chorin (IBA BB 008), Uckermark Lake District (IBA BB 011) or the Ucker Valley/Unterucker Lake (IBA BB 045) by car. A further tour takes us to the Lower Oder Valley (IBA BB 007) including Lake Felchow and the polders of the River Oder as well as the Randow-Welse Marsh/ Uckermark farmland countryside (IBA BB 040).
Depending on the time of year a number of waterfowl and wader species can be observed here. It is also possible to see Black and Red Kite, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle and, more rarely – Lesser Spotted Eagle.
A few pairs of the latter still breed here. White Storks breed in almost every village and Rolf knows the best sites. Common Crane can be seen here regularly as well as many song bird species. A list of bird species of the Uckermark can be found >> here (Birdlist)
The HAVELLAND tour:
The tour begins at either Rathenow, Neustadt (Dosse), Friesack or Brandenburg/Havel railway stations, all of which can also be easily reached from Berlin main station (Berlin-Hauptbahnhof) see www.bahn.de. On these full day trips, dependent on the time of year, we can visit the Rietzer Lake (IBA BB 005), Upper Rhinluch/Havelland Luch Nauen-Friesack“ (IBA BB 003), Döberitz Heath (IBA BB 004) und Lower Rhinluch –Dreetzer Lake/ Havelland Luch/ Belzig countryside meadows“ (IBA BB 0410) by car. The wetlands in particular are home to many different water fowl and wader species. In the low-lying grassland areas several bird of prey species, the Ortolan Bunting and Germany’s last remaining Great Bustard population are to be found.
The BALTIC tour:
If desired, Rolf can arrange field trips by car of single, or over several days, to different IBAs and National Parks on the Baltic coast and through the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania hinterland.