The nature reserve, located at the northern end of the Hanseatic city, bordering Schleswig-Holstein, is home to hundreds of different species of animals and plants. Some stay in Red list of endangered species, such as maize, maize or spotted moorhen. Brook visitors can take a journey of discovery on marked paths.
The red deer gathers for routine in the fall
In the fall, Brook attracts with a special natural show. In the months of September and October, the red deer gather there for the heat. Especially at dusk and at night, animals with imposing horns fight their sorting battles for females in the meadows.
The roar of the deer can also be heard from a distance, but to be able to see the animals is a matter of luck. Nature lovers should also be prepared for the fact that the nature reserve receives a particularly large number of visitors during this period. If you come anyway, you should definitely follow the rules. It is forbidden to have picnics, collect mushrooms or enter the protected area off the beaten track. In addition, visitors should avoid night trips to the stream, as wild animals need rest.
Home to many rare animals
In addition to fallow deer and red deer, badgers and boars live in the nature reserve, as well as amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies. About 100 species of birds breed there, including several birds of prey, poppy and kingfisher. One of the most imposing is the crane. Birds have been building nests at Duvenstedter Brook since the 1980s. They can be observed particularly well during courtship in the spring.
Bruchwald named the area
Typical of the stream are its swampy forests. In these humid areas, located mainly in depressions or rivers, the trees remain in the water most of the year. Swampy forests are also the name of the nature reserve – brook is an old word for pause.
Don’t miss: exhibition at Brook Hus
The first port of call is Brook Hus, at the entrance to the nature reserve at Duvenstedter Triftweg. Here visitors can get information and brochures, buy identification books, take a break or visit a small exhibition. The free show is very attractive and provides clear and interactive information about the flora and fauna of the nature reserve – ideal preparation for a tour. There are also regular guided tours of Brook at Brook Hus.
Aircraft noise sometimes disturbs the idyll
Duvenstedter Brook is a beautiful piece of nature, which unfortunately you cannot always enjoy completely peaceful, and not just because of the sometimes very numerous visitors. The area is on the access strip to Hamburg Airport. Depending on the wind and time of day, machines can fly over the stream every few minutes. Unlike some visitors who, contrary to the rules, flee the stream, the animals are not bothered by the noise of the aircraft, according to NABU. It is not known whether there is environmental pollution, for example, from kerosene, as this is not measured.
Map: this is where Duvenstedter Brook is located