Since the end of peat mining the Weidmoos
has become an important habitat for birds. Stretches
of standing water, reed-beds, clumps of willow and areas
which are almost without vegetation now form a mosaic-like
landscape which provides a perfect environment for a
range of rare birds.
The Weidmoos is, for example, home
to one of the largest populations of the white-spotted
bluethroat in Europe. Marsh harriers hunt over the large
reed-beds, rare waders and water birds such as snipe
and spotted crakes raise their young here. For many
migrating birds the Weidmoos has become an important
resting place. More than 150 bird species have so far
been identified, including some whose existence in Europe
is endangered. Because of this the Weidmoos was in 2001
designated an EU bird reserve and became part of the
European network of reserves Natura 2000.
On the following pages you will
find descriptions of some of the bird species which
are typical of the Weidmoos. A complete
list of all the birds so far identified in the Weidmoos
can be downloaded as a pdf file.
> Complete list of all birds
recorded in the Weidmoos.