A cycle tour through the
picturesque pond landscape of Aschauteiche and through the expansive woodlands
of Suedheide nature park.
Information boards along the way
point out the special features of the surrounding area. The nature park
information centre at Eschede railway station is open every day.
Tip: You can also arrive by Metronom pubic transport
from the direction of Hanover or Lueneburg and bring your bicycle with you.
Ponds for flora and fauna
The ponds of Aschau and Lohe
provide the basis for an extensive fish-pond cultivation and the animals and
plants that live in and around the ponds find ideal conditions in which to
Fish-pond cultivation on the former
sewage meadows and fish ponds of Aschau began at the end of the 19th and
beginning of the 20th century. Additional ponds were created in the woodland
area, which is now home to a thriving economic enterprise. Pike, tench, carp
and ide mature to edible fish and stock fish within three years.
Other animals apart from breeding
fish also find an ideal habitat here. Freshwater mussels, stickleback,
bitterling and roach feel at home in the pond waters.
Of course, it didn’t take long for
aquatic birds to arrive. Rare birds such as the grey heron and silver heron,
black storks and kingfishers as well as sea eagles have discovered the rich
fish stocks and help themselves.
In winter, some of the water is
drained from the ponds to reveal long-submerged tree stumps.
Two large ponds with water lilies
and spatterdocks are located to the left, just behind the car park. They create
a colourful carpet that covers the ponds in May and June. Iris and water-dragon
line the banks of the ponds.