The area is of outstanding importance for the population of meadow-breeding birds that have disappeared from most places in the modern agricultural landscape due to lack of flowers and thus insects. These include the Whinchat, whose population in the Burbach area is one of the largest in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia. It shares the habitat with the equally endangered Meadow Pipit and Corncrake, which are also characteristic species of open landscapes.
In the Wetterbach Valley, such rare flowering shrubs as Globeflower, Monkshood and Betony flourish. The wealth of colourful flowers attracts rare butterflies like the Scarce Copper, the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the Dusky Large Blue.
Sometimes you may even can see Black Storks or Red Kites circling over the valley. They nest in the surrounding forests, but find ample supplies of food in the stream valley.
Tips and hintsA leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from www.biologische-station-siegen-wittgenstein.de.
The theme trail "Literatur in der Natur - Romantischer Hickengrund" combines literature interest with an enjoyable hike.
The nationally-known Rothaarsteig trail passes to the west of Holzhausen. It links up with smaller circular trails, the so-called Rothaarsteig branch-trails Rothaarsteig-Spuren, one of which is the "Trödelstein-Pfad" near Burbach-Lippe.
One of the activities of the local heritage society Heimatverein Holzhausen is to hold cultural and natural history events.
Getting thereArriving via the A45 Autobahn (exit 24, Burbach) and driving on to Holzhausen, go straight on at the roundabout, carry on along the town outskirts and take the first turning right into the town (Flammersbacher Str.). After about 200 metres, you reach the Alte Schule (old school) Holzhausen, which is the starting point of the meadow trail.
Address for satnavs: Flammer Straße 22-24, 57299 Burbach-Holzhausen
GPS (UTM): 32 U 439591, 5620998
Google coordinates: 50.73763, 8.143905
ParkingAt the Alte Schule (old school) Holzhausen
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EquipmentSturdy footwear is highly recommended.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- 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.