Arctic Wild Geese

Tens of thousands of Arctic wild geese come to the Lower Rhine every winter. In the winter months they dominate the scene in the river meadows and on the many bodies of water.

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Skylark

Seemingly inconspicuous to look at, but pure joy to listen to - the skylark. Actually, you are far more likely to hear one than to see one. You can learn more about the skylark here.

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Field Eryngo

Here you can learn more about the importance of this rather inconspicuous, prickly plant.

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Bats

Due to their nocturnal way of life, bats have always been somewhat mysterious. But, contrary to widespread beliefs, they are harmless to people. Learn more here.

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Little ringed plover

Little ringed plovers breed on the ground and can easily be missed because they are well camouflaged. Here you can learn some interesting facts about these protected birds.

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Red sorrel and Lythria cruentaria butterfly

In many an early summer, during its flowering season, the red sorrel covers large areas of sandy soils. You can learn here why the Lythria Cruentaria butterfly appears at this particular time.

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Gulls

Gulls all seem to look the same, don't they? You can learn here which different species are the main ones to be found in the Rhine meadows.

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Rooks

Better than their reputation! Although you would hardly believe it, in zoological terms rooks are members of the songbird family. You can learn more about these mysterious and extremely intelligent birds here.

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Sand sedge

Like the seam on a sewing machine, the sand sedge runs in a straight line through the loose sand. You can learn more about this sand specialist here.

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Grey hair grass

The initial colonisation of open sandy soils is a real challenge and is only a matter for sand specialists. Here you can learn why this is the case and how the grey hair grass does it.

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The Little Owl

The little owl is a typical resident of the Lower Rhine cultivated landscape. Its ideal habitat, characterised by grassland, with many old pollarded trees, orchards and a mild climate, can be found on the lower reaches of the Lower Rhine.

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The Black Tern

The black tern is a true rarity in Germany and is threatened with extinction. The Bienen Old Rhine and Millinger Sea are the only remaining breeding sites in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Wild Bees

Wild bees are extremely important for the pollination of our crop plants. Here you can learn about the wild bees' lifestyle and what we can do for their conservation.

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