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Ahsewiesen – Wet meadows south of Lippborg

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    Photo: Natalia Jaworski, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
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Wet meadows and large flood zones – that is the Ahsewiesen wet meadows nature reserve in the western corner of the District of Soest. It is home to one of the largest breeding populations of the Curlew in South Westphalia.

Two observation points allow you to observe numerous bird species.

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Distance 8 km
2:00 h
17 m
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79 m
67 m
The Ahsewiesen nature reserve with its wet meadows and flood zones is home to one of the largest breeding population of Curlew in the District of Soest.  Other typical breeding birds are Lapwing, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Water Rail, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit and Reed Warbler. Many migratory birds stop over in the meadow area, a large part of which is under water in winter and spring. These include waders like Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank and duck species like Pintail Duck, Widgeon and Teal.

The species-rich Tall Oat-Grass meadows and marshlands are a refuge for rare plant species. The Pepper Saxifrage occurs on the moist, but not wet meadows, and Downy-fruited Sedge, Water Avens, Narrowleaf Trefoil and Strawberry Clover also grow in the area.

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Natalia Jaworski
Update: September 13, 2016
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Highest point
79 m
Lowest point
67 m
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Tips and hints

In Heintrop, right next to the car park at the club house, there is a restored windmill called Sändkers Mühle. About five kilometres further east, in the historic centre of Kirchwelver, you can visit a beautiful local history museum Heimatmuseum.

Start

Car park in Heintrop at the club house next to the sports field (76 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.651358, 8.045784
DMS
51°39'04.9"N 8°02'44.8"E
UTM
32U 433985 5722693
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Destination

Car park in Heintrop at the club house next to the sports field

Turn-by-turn directions

The Ahsewiesen nature reserve can be explored on foot or by bicycle. From the car park the route takes you into the village of Hultrop. When you reach Northoff's schnapps distillery you turn south. The "Auenland" cycle route leads past both observation points in the reserve. In the east of the area there is a nine-meter-high observation tower, which offers a fantastic view of the reserve. You can reach the observation hut in the west of the area via an agricultural road through the meadows. Both observation points are only accessible by stairs.

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Getting there

You can reach the Ahsewiesen via the B 475 south of Lippborg.

Address for satnavs: Heintroper Straße 2-3, 59510 Heintrop (Lippetal)

GPS (UTM): 32 U 433941, 5722711

Google coordinates: 51.651352, 8.045058

Parking

Car park next to the B 475 in Heintrop (at the club house next to the sports field).

Coordinates

DD
51.651358, 8.045784
DMS
51°39'04.9"N 8°02'44.8"E
UTM
32U 433985 5722693
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

You are recommended to take binoculars for bird watching.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
8 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
17 m
Descent
17 m
Highest point
79 m
Lowest point
67 m
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