Hiking Highlight (Segment)
For bird lovers. Along the bird sanctuary Heisinger Bogen
In the Heisingen district of Essen there is a small nature reserve (NSG) along the Heisinger Bogen. There you will find, among other things, an alder forest, sycamore and hornbeam, as well as some smaller pools with shallow water and reed beds, where birds and their nests can be observed all year round.
Examples such as gray herons, cormorants, the kingfisher, great crested grebes, mute swans, as well as the numerous songbirds on top of the trees are only a part of the many animal species. You can even see red-cheeked turtles.
Since it is an NSG, it is of course absolutely necessary to stay on the designated paths so as not to disturb the animals and nature.
March 5, 2016
The Heisinger Bogen bird sanctuary is a nature reserve on the north shore of Lake Baldeney in the Heisingen district of Essen.
It was established in the 1930s when the Baldeneysee was created and includes part of the water surface and the bank area at the southern tip of the Heisinger peninsula (the so-called Heisinger Bogen).
The shallow water area there has a well-developed floating leaf zone and remains of alder forest, adjacent to it there is a floodplain forest flooded at regular intervals.
A hiking trail (the Bergische Weg) leads along the shore, separated from the lake by a wood strip with alder, sycamore and hornbeam.
The southern border line of the protected area lies in the lake and is marked there by yellow buoys and poles.
March 1, 2017
The Kupferdreh railway bridge connects the Essen district of Kupferdreh and Heisingen with a cycle and footpath. It is a former railway bridge of the Ruhr Valley Railway, which leads over the Ruhr. he 233 m long steel truss bridge was inaugurated two years after the start of construction on August 10, 1872 for the Ruhr Valley Railway as part of the Bergisch-Märkische Railway.
Now coal transport was possible during the successful mining in the Ruhr area from Überruhr, Kupferdreh, Heisingen, Werden and Kettwig to the Rhine.
When the Baldeneysee was completed in 1933, the water level was raised so far that not only, as before, the second field between the pillars from the Heisinger side, but all five fields were completely washed out by the water.
That is why the former arches were replaced by today's continuous steel framework before the construction of Lake Baldeney in the mid to late 1920s. The German Wehrmacht blew up the bridge in 1945 to stop the advancing American troops.
The Christine trade union rebuilt the bridge after the Second World War.
With the closure of the surrounding coal mines, the railway bridge became superfluous.
It was decommissioned on October 1, 1978.
On December 6, 1984, the bridge was inaugurated by the then Mayor Peter Reuschenbach after being converted into a cycle and footpath and raised by 70 cm.
Today it is part of the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path.
April 4, 2017
The paradise behind the paradise. The oxbow lakes and the fish hatchery often offer a clearer view of the birds that are present than the dense trees of the bird sanctuary. We saw four herons who love to fish crouch next to each other.
The turtles, which like to sunbathe on an old tree trunk, are also a real eye-catcher.
Even if they move little.
May 15, 2020
A dream for all bird lovers! There is a huge bird population here, from cormorants many different geese and ducks to kingfisher - everything can be observed here.The cormorant population with its offspring and the nests in the trees in the Baldeneysee is very impressive. Just beautiful!
April 8, 2021
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