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Nature calendar

The Nature Calendar lists the special natural events of Lüneburg Heath for you. There is much more that you can experience during your Lüneburg Heath holiday.

 

Blue wonder - the moor frog | March - April

In March and April, you can experience a truly blue wonder in Pietzmoor near Schneverdingen and in Schäfermoor in Südheide Nature Park. It is the mating season of protected moor frogs, who find ideal living conditions here. The special feature of the mating season of moor frogs is the blue colour of the males. To increase their attractiveness to the female, the males turn almost completely blue. Who could resist?

You can find more information about moor frogs here


Bird migration time: millions of birds visit the heathland | March to May and September to October

The south the Lüneburg Heath is very rich in water and a true "train station" for migratory birds. In the main months there is a lot of coming and going here. This bird migration is fascinating and arouses the interest of many nature lovers. At Meißendorfer ponds and in Bannetzer Moor in Südheide Nature Park, where the white-tailed eagle lives, you can watch all kinds of waders, cranes, black storks, and geese from observation towers. Guided tours are also offered during bird migration time. Whooper swans gather in the Aller lowland near Winsen (Aller) and cranes flock to one another in Postmoor near Bargfeld in Südheide Nature Park and in Schweimker Moor in the Uelzen region.

Our tip: When bird watching you should not forget your binoculars.

More information about bird migration


Dance of the cranes / crane breeding season | March, May to July

The beauty of the cranes and their spectacular courtship dances have fascinated people over the years. In spring, the cranes return from their winter quarters and move into their nesting grounds in the wetlands of Lüneburg Heath. The courtship dances take place in the early dawn. During March the courtship behaviour increases and reaches a peak during mating. It usually ends with nest building and egg laying. By July, the eggs have been incubated. You can experience the breeding season of the cranes quite undisturbed in Meißendorfer Ponds Nature Reserve as well as in Postmoor in Südheide Nature Park or in Schweimker Moor in the region of Uelzen.

More information about cranes in the Heath!


The storks have arrived | March to August

Every year at the end of March, the storks return from their warm winter quarters back to their existing breeding sites along the Aller and begin to mate. Until mid-August, the older storks stay with their young in the Aller-Leine valley and in the Celle region. At this time, they will find plenty of food in the lush river meadows. Almost every site along the Aller has a stork's nest; sometimes it is the bakery chimney, sometimes a church tower, or a farm where the stork builts its nest. Throughout spring and early summer, the stork can be seen everywhere in the south of Lüneburg Heath.

More information about the storks!

Cotton grass blossom | April to May

As the first major natural event of the year, cotton grass flowering takes place in April and May in the wetlands of the Heath. In Pietzmoor near Schneverdingen, in GroßenMoor near Becklingen, and at Aschauteichen in Südheide Nature Park, on Grundlosen See near Walsrode, and in the Schweimker Moor near Bad Bodenteich you can admire to a large extent the spectacular seed heads of the cotton grass, which many mistakenly call a flower. Cotton grass belongs to the sedge family and occurs mainly in wetlands. A white wave of cotton balls hangs in the spring breeze over the wetlands and attracts many nature lovers. The bogs are secluded, so you will only hear the sounds of nature. Watch the seed heads of the cotton grass in our cottongrass barometer – from mid-April on the almost daily new pictures in the cotton grass barometer. 

Snake’s head fritillary flowering | April to May

Between the end of April and the beginning of May the snake’s head fritillary flowers in Untere Seeveniederung Nature Reserve. The outstanding numbers of snake’s head fritillary are not only of national importance but are probably the largest in central Europe. From a platform you can observe this nationally significant natural spectacle.

More information about snake's head fritillary!

Tree frog concert | May to June

It is very musical the Celle region, in the "Lutter" Nature Reserve. This is especially so in May and June when the local musicians have a concert in the natural waters of the Lutter: in addition to the delicate song of numerous species of birds there are the bright calls of the rare tree frogs, which use their "trumpet-like voices" in chorus with other members. Lutter Nature Reserve is an ideal habitat for the rare tree frogs.

More information about tree frogs!


Heather blossom | August to September

When the heather flowers in August and September, the unique landscape of Lüneburg Heath exudes its very special charm. The whole region is painted in the vivid lilac of many millions of flowers, interrupted by the rich green of juniper and pine and the silvery white of the birches. If the climate conditions stay good, common heather (Calluna vulgaris) shines from early August to mid-September. An old Heidjer rule of thumb says: the heather flowers from 08.08. until 09.09. each year!

From the end of July, watch the current status of the heather blossom in our heather blossom barometer. We keep an eye on it from July to September and put new photos daily on the Heather blossom barometer.  


Deer rutting time | September to October

The first cool nights not only announce the departure of summer. They also herald the golden-yellow colouration in the beech forests of the Lüneburg Heath. It is also the time in which the largest species of wild animal in Lüneburg Heath makes its presence felt. It is time for stag rutting. The red deer is abundant in the vast forests of the South Heath. Their loud roaring to repel competitors and to keep the pack together is widely heard. Our guides will lead you to the deer rutting sites.

    The Nature Calendar shows you all the natural phenomena in the Lüneburg Heath that you should not miss.  

    When do the moor frogs turn blue?

    When does the cotton grass flower in Pietzmoor?

    When does the heather flower?

    Where does the snake’s head fritillary flower?

    When and where does the stag roar?


    Natural phenomenon