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.
New: Accommodation in the Uckermark Lake District Nature Park:
Rolf rents out holiday chalets on his own property in Lychen. The chalets consist of 3 rooms, with kitchen and 2 baths/showers. Red and Black Kite, Osprey and White-tailed Eagle grace the skies over Lychen. In the nearby woodland there is a colony of Grey Heron, and Black and Green Woodpecker can be heard.
The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve is only some 30-50 km distant from Lychen. Parts of the Müritz National Park are only 20 km away and the Lower Oder National Park is some 75-90 km drive from Lychen. Lychen is an ideal starting point for nature trips. Berlin main station is only an hour away with the regional express, which has an hourly service from Fürstenberg/Havel railway station. The regional express service also runs an hourly service from Berlin main station to Fürstenberg/Havel.