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TMatthies


TMatthies



Maps
BuesumSchleswig-HolsteinGermany
Area


Available
anytime

Languages
German, english


Note

I love showing people birds in this beautiful area. I'm well connected to other birdwatchers all along the Westcoast.

If you are around, it would be a pleasure to meet you and show you some birding spots. :-)


Area
Westcoast (Hamburg to Denmark), Dithmarscher Speicherkoog, Helgoland

Area Birds
Spoonbill, Pied Avocet, White-tailed Eagle, Montagu's Harrier


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching/welness-birding, walking with the dog


MBaumgarten


MBaumgarten



Maps
GreifswaldMecklenburg VorpommernGermany


Available
Just ask me if you know when you will be visiting

Languages
German, English, Spanish


Note

I can offer a nice birding trip in the area and show you around, I also have a spotting scope


Area
Rügen, Usedom, Karrendorfer Wiesen, Peenetal

Area Birds
Waders, Waterfowl, Birds of Prey


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky divingTravel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobileVisit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, techAttend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swapParticipate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


SJensen


SJensen



Maps
WittenbergePrignitz / BrandenburgGermany


Available
anytime (read 'Note' for details)

Languages
German, English, Espanol (un poco)


Note

Our region is worth a visit during every season. Of course in spring and summer you can expect the most species - some years ago i managed to observe 129 bird species on one day during a 20-hour-trip in early May ! Some sought after species like Ortolan Bunting, Red-Backed Shrike, Great Reed Warbler, Firecrest, Barred Warbler, Penduline Tit, Corncrake, White-tailed Eagle, Great Bittern, Black Stork and others are rather common or at least likely to be seen esp. during spring/summer and you'll have a good chance to observe them if you know where to look for them. White Stork is very common from April to August, the village of Rühstädt is German European Stork Village with some 35 pairs breeding on roofs and chimneys. River Warbler occurs every year with a few singing males but always at different places. Short-toed Tree Creeper is abundant at all suitable habitats. Germany's biggest population of Great Bustards with more than 100 birds is just a car trip of 90 minutes away, heading towards Berlin. Autumn and winter also offer many exciting opportunities, e.g. waterfowl like thousands of different ducks, Greylag, White-fronted and Bean Geese, and Barnacle or other rare Geese amongst them, Whooper Swans or Cranes at their roost or feeding (Cranes are common during the whole summer season as breeding birds [with chickens, if you're lucky] and non-breeders in flocks of 10 to 50 or more too). There's birds of prey like Hen Harrier or Rough-legged Buzzard, too, or some rarer song birds. ABOUT ME I was born in 1965. I studied biology and now i'm working as a self-employed nature conservationist. During my free time i like to be outside too ... this means i have a pretty good knowledge about the region and its birds (and amphibians, reptiles, mammals, dragonflies / damselflies, locusts / grasshoppers, other insects and some plants as well). I'm not strictly what you would call a birder. An interesting or pretty close observation or the chance to take a good picture means more to me than a tick on the list. On account of my job, which leads me to research areas for birds and other animals, i'm rather short of free time during spring and summer. Autumn and winter are periods with more free time for I love to escape from typing reports in the office by going outside =) Just ask me for company at any time of the year - I should be able to organize some hours outside or at least some useful advice all year round.


Area
Biosphere reserve “Floodplains of River Elbe - Brandenburg”

Area Birds
Ortolan Bunting, Red-Backed Shrike, Great Reed Warbler, Firecrest, Barred Warbler, Penduline Tit, Corncrake, White-tailed Eagle, Great Bittern, Black Stork


Interests


F.Muhlberger


F.Muhlberger



Maps
GottingenLower SaxonyGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, German


Note

I study biodiversity, ecology and evolution and will get my masters degree in 2014. I also am a qualified field guide for South Africa. I got interested in birding 2009 and have been birding in many countries since. In my area are a couple of interesting birding places. My favourite is a big wetland which is espeacially interesting for migratory birds in Spring, autumn (fall) and Winter. If it is your first time birding in Germany there are also many good places to see the "standard" Birds, like many species of warbler,tits, thrushes and finches and we even got all the 6 species of Woodpecker occurring in Germany in a forest bordering Gottingen. I live 30 minutes from Kassel and 1h from Hannover.


Area
I live 30 minutes from Kassel and 1 h from Hannover.

Area Birds


Interests


A.Klein


A.Klein



Maps
KaiserslauternRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

Changing area with fields, meadows and little wetlands, Eastern France and southwest Germany between the French border and the River Rhine. Typical German birds and in spring and autumn migrants.


Area
River Rhine, Eastern France, southwest Germany

Area Birds


Interests


M.Steinmann


M.Steinmann



Maps
BraunschweigLower SaxonyGermany


Available
Weekends

Languages
English, German


Note

I love watching birds and other free animals. Especially Picidae is my favourite. Braunschweig has old oak forests with middle spotted woodpecker. In the north and east are areas with lakes for wetland birds and important rest areas for migrating birds. I'm member of a local birding organisation and we do have a mail network with daily updates of rare birds spotted in the area. Unfortunately I'm still working and therefore I can not always go out and watch myself. But I enjoy sharing the ideas and I would find it wonderful to contact people who look for our birds in winter season. Hope migration birds and also conect people and there interests.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


KGrass


KGrass



Maps
OffenbachHessenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note

I'm 60 years old and be interested in looking birds - but also interested in Architecture and cultural things


Area
Frankfurt - Rhine/Main

Area Birds
Ringing (Banding) Songbirds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, Travel: walking, hiking, car, biking, long walk, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, Attend: concert, theatre, Participate: no night-actions....


T.Schreiter


T.Schreiter



Maps
ChemnitzSaxonyGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

Leisure time birder and traveller.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


M.Schade


M.Schade



Maps
LarrachBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, Spanish, English


Note

Birdwatching with focus on Southwestern Germany. Larrach, Black Forrest, Natural Reserve, Petite Camargue Alsacienne (FR), Natural Reserve Taubergieaen, Kaiserstuhl Area (close to Freiburg), Natural Reserve "Altrhein" ("old Rhine river track close to Grenzach) and Southern Black Forrest.


Area
Southwestern Germany, Black Forrest, Natural Reserve, Petite Camargue Alsacienne (FR), Natural Reserve Taubergieaen, Kaiserstuhl Area (close to Freiburg), Natural Reserve "Altrhein" ("old Rhine river track close to Grenzach) and Southern Black Forrest.

Area Birds


Interests


B. Thomascall


B. Thomascall



Maps
WeilerbachRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
English


Note

Birder, lived here in Germany for only a year, so not completely familiar with local birds, but happy to help. I am part of the large American population in the Kaiserslautern area. The area is farmland, forests and fields, with small wetlands dotting the area, so lots of habitats. I do not have a job at this time, so my availability is fairly open.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


P. Brueckner


P. Brueckner



Maps
PotsdamBrandenburgGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, Englisch


Note

Round Potsdam, mainly NSG Rietzer See/Streng, Doeberitzer Heide, Linumer fish ponds and Nuthe Nieplitz.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


K. Wolanska


K. Wolanska



Maps
MünsterNorth Rhine-WestphalianGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, Englisch, some Lithuanian


Note

Hi birders! I am studying landscape ecology in the university of Münster and due to this I am birding. Near to Münster the Rieselfelder are located, a EU protected area for birds. I am also offering bird watching tours every semester for exchange students, so I would be happy if I could show you arround also! Hope to cu around, Kolja.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


F. Clayton


F. Clayton



Maps
LandstuhlRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Danish, French, Spanish, German


Note

Mature woods, overgrown fields, and marshy areas: Black Woodpecker, Grasshopper Warbler etc.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


A. Nepali


A. Nepali



Maps
MunichBavariaGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
Nepali, German English, Hindi


Note

Hi all birder! I am Abinash Nepali from Himalaya, Nepal and living here since 2001 parmanently. I,ve keen interest for birding in Bavarian alps and if someone like to join me to observe the alpine species, let me know. I would be very glad to help finding birds in Munich.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


M. Feuersenger


M. Feuersenger



Maps
MannheimBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note

In winter on weekends only, in summer before or after work as well, so just ask.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


U. Mohr


U. Mohr



Maps
AachenNorth Rhine-WestphaliaGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English Swedish, some French, Spanish , Slovene


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


W. Merkle


W. Merkle



Maps
FrankfurtHessenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English French


Note

Hessen has a lot of nice birding place near the Nidda the Nied Wald, the green zone around Frankfurt and the city forest of Frankfurt.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


L. Lambert


L. Lambert



Maps
KemnathBavariaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

I live in Kemnath, about 2.5 hours north of Munich and 25 minutes from Weiden. Since I have only been in Germany since July 2008, there are quite a few birds here that are new to me.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


N. Koch


N. Koch



Maps
MallschBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English French, Turkish


Note

Blackforest and the river Rhine planes between Freiburg and Heidelberg.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


M. Schuck


M. Schuck



Maps
GoettingenLower SaxonyGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, Spanish English, some French


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


M. Usedom


M. Usedom



Maps
Ostseebad BoltenhagenMecklenburg/Western PomeraniaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

I live in this area since 7 years. As a birder it is a wonderfull area to watch migrating birds and we have the most popular area of migrating cranes a 2 hour drive away.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


C. Engelhardt


C. Engelhardt



Maps
LuebeckSchleswig-HolsteinGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

Luebeck is situated close to the Baltic Sea shore and the Eastern Holstein Lake Area. Both hold a great variety of natural landscapes and birdlife. For more information, see my website www.look-for-birds.de


Area


Area Birds


Interests


T. Herfurth


T. Herfurth



Maps
Luebeck/HamburgSchleswig-HolsteinGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English French


Note

If you plan to visit the North of Germany (for example Hamburg, Luebeck, Kiel or Rostock) you should write to me or give me a ring. I would really like to show you around and help you finding the species you would like to see.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


C. Lange


C. Lange



Maps
BremenSaxonyGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


O. Nuessen


O. Nuessen



Maps
BremenLower, SaxonyGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English Spanish


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


D. Orn


D. Orn



Maps
DresdenSachsenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English French


Note

The lakes to the north of Dresden together with the hills to the south make for good and varied birding and hiking.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


D. Shirley


D. Shirley



Maps
BitburgRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


E. Gloede-Solbach


E. Gloede-Solbach



Maps
BetzdorfRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


B. Belknap


B. Belknap



Maps
Bad KreuznachRheinland-PfalzGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

I go to Bad Kreuznach which offers birding in typical German/northern European woodland, maquis, field, and meadow. I have seen rarities around Bad Kreuznach, including a Hoopoe, and once, a few years ago in January, a Snowy Owl! Common birds in both Ansbach and Bad Kreuznach are Great Spotted Woodpeckers, several species of finches and titmice, kites, nuthatches, treecreepers, occasional Hen Harriers, cormorants (Kreuznach only), sawbills (Kreuznach only), Gray Herons, and numerous others. I am American, but can speak enough German to get by.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


W. Steiger


W. Steiger



Maps
ZülpichNRW Kreis EuskirchenGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


J. Azzopardi


J. Azzopardi



Maps
OdenthalNRWGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note

I am doing research on 2 reserves in Germany for a univeristy project. Anyone from Germany visiting these locations please report observations. The site is in English and operational, but still need some enhancements. Please feel free to visit www.eurobirding.net


Area


Area Birds


Interests


D. Beckmann


D. Beckmann



Maps
Duisburg on RhineNorth Rhine-WestphaliaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English some Dutch


Note

I am a non-professional birder, actively birding in the Natura-2000 sanctuaries on the Rhine and on the Ruhr.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


J. Kriegs


J. Kriegs



Maps
MünsterNordrhein-WestfalenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English little French, Russian


Note

Münster is in the middle of an agricultural area. North of the city there is a large reserve for water birds. Waders roost during migration and many ducks are present throughout the year. Breeding birds include Little Owl and Bluethroat. Some recent observations can be found on our website: www.msorni.de


Area


Area Birds


Interests


A. Nadirk


A. Nadirk



Maps
MünsterMünster, Northrhine WestfaliaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English Dutch


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


J. Beninde


J. Beninde



Maps
BielefeldNorthrhine WestfaliaGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


M. Neumann


M. Neumann



Maps
WiefelstedeLower SaxonyGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


D. Gruber


D. Gruber



Maps
Hildesheim/HannoverNiedersachsenGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


G. Rotzoll


G. Rotzoll



Maps
HannoverNiedersachsenGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

In the vicinity of Hannover there are several good birding areas that can be reached within 1 hour. To mention two of the best: Steinhuder Meer and Meissendorfer Teiche, both wetland areas with well structured surroundings. For shorebird enthusiasts, even a visit to the coast (ca. 2 hour drive) is possible. Many other smaller sites closer to Hannover can be good as well. If I am in town I can offer to go birdwatching with visiting birders anytime.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


R. Wynands


R. Wynands



Maps
HannoverNiedersachsenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English French, Italian


Note

Within an hour's driving distance in and around Hannover, a number of different habitats with their respective bird faunas can be found. Natural and artificial freshwater lakes and marshes, deciduous and pine forests, mixed grasslands, dry and moist heathland. Elevation range: 50...400 m above sea level.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


M. Schleuning


M. Schleuning



Maps
North HessenGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


S. Bode


S. Bode



Maps
BerlinGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


T. Hafen


T. Hafen



Maps
MunichBavariaGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note

I was born in 1965 and started birding as a teenager. Apart from birding, I am interested in nature photography, hiking, kayaking and computer stuff (as long as a Mac is involved). I like to travel and love especially the North. My favourite spots are Canada (B.C., Yukon), Alaska and Scandinavia. You can find some pictures from these places on my website www.natur-fotografieren.de.


Area


Area Birds


Interests


N. Model


N. Model



Maps
IngolstadtBavariaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English Spanish


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


W. Nezadal


W. Nezadal



Maps
ErlangenBavariaGermany


Available
Anytime

Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


V. Schmidt


V. Schmidt



Maps
MannheimBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


C. Catoni


C. Catoni



Maps
Freiburg Im Breisgau, BodenseeBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English Swedish, Italian


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


D. Poley


D. Poley



Maps
HeidelbergBaden-WuerttembergGermany


Available
Weekend

Languages
German, English


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


ehuening


ehuening



Maps
berlinberlingermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area
Berlin . Brandenburg

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


HBosshardt


HBosshardt



Maps
BochumNRWGermany


Available


Languages


Note

retired university professor of psychology


Area
Ruhr-Area Former industrial region with coal mines and steel industries.

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, swimming, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, bus, car, biking, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, monument, architecture appreciation, Attend: concert, theatre, protest, Participate: rock, country, classical, wine, beer, liquor, social games,


SZollinger


SZollinger



Maps
WielenbachDeutschlandGermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching


JDean


JDean



Maps
HeinsbergNRWGermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


GPeters


GPeters



Maps
HannoverLower SaxonyGermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, chitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile


AHess


AHess



Maps
ErlangenGermany


Available


Languages


Note

birdwatcher on intermediate level


Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, photography


ADurso


ADurso



Maps
JenaThuringiaGermany


Available


Languages


Note

American grad student/postdoc couple living in Jena. We have also already submitted a more detailed application.


Area
A small city along the Saale river valley, with small mountains on both sides

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, reptiles and amphibians


BPfeiffer


BPfeiffer



Maps
FürthGermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature


KDr.Svoboda


KDr.Svoboda



Maps
VolkmarsenHessenGermany


Available


Languages


Note

I want to visit Sallalah in Oman and need a pal end of october


Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching


TKorschefsky


TKorschefsky



Maps
Germany


Available


Languages


Note



Area


Area Birds


Interests


WDzieran


WDzieran



Maps
Bad LippspringeNorthrhine-WestfaliaGermany


Available


Languages


Note

Born in 1955, freelancer, engaged in birding, social activities, church, ...


Area
Heathland, woods, small towns, rivers,

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, photography, Travel: walking, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, tech Attend: concert,ballet, theatre, live music,, political rally, protest


MSudrow


MSudrow



Maps
Bad VilbelGermany


Available


Languages


Note



Area
Hessen

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching


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R. Nessing


R. Nessing



Maps
Berlin/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/BrandenburgBrandenburgGermany

Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English


Note

Rolf offers field trips getting to know the urban bird life within the city of Berlin, as well as full day trips in the immediate vicinity of Berlin or further afield. There are 46 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) around Berlin as well as one IBA in the city itself (as at 2003). He knows most of them like the back of his hand. www.birdingberlin.com Visit my web site


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