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The Wakenitz (Slavic perch river) is a right tributary of the Trave in the southeast of Schleswig-Holstein, which drains the Ratzeburg Lake and is about 14.9 kilometers long. The Wakenitz is the natural outflow of the Ratzeburg lake. It leaves the lake at the northernmost point at Rothenhusen and runs in north-northwest direction to the urban area Lübeck. Until the construction of the Elbe-Lübeck Canal (1896-1900) Wakenitz the city hill and flowed south of Lübeck in the Trave. After the canal construction, the Wakenitz was closed off by a dam (Falkendamm) and drained u. a. over the Düker into the Krähenteich / mill pond. The Wakenitz forms the border between the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern over long distances.
February 27, 2019
The nature reserve extends along the Wakenitz between Lake Ratzeburg and the Eichholz district of Lübeck. It places the Wakenitz with its lowland and partially adjacent areas under protection. Large parts of the nature reserve are located in the Green Belt along the former inner-German border.
The Wakenitz with open water areas, floating leaf and reed bed silting zones, side bays and side arms is accompanied over long stretches by alder forest with black alder as the dominant tree species and ash and especially in the south of the protected area also by wet meadows. In some cases, forests are characterized by deciduous forest communities. Swamp sword lily, swamp calla, bittersweet nightshade and water primrose, for example, settle in the herbaceous layer of the swamp forests. Among other things, settle on the wet meadows. Marsh marigold, cuckoo carnation and cuckoo flower,  but also broad-leaved orchid and meadowsweet.
In the north of the nature reserve, the "Krögerland" is a moist side valley of the Wakenitz that is included in the nature reserve. It is predominantly characterized by wet grassland with sour grasses, rushes, marsh marigolds and orchids such as broad-leaved orchid.  The wet grassland borders the quarry forest that accompanies the Wakenitz and is otherwise completely surrounded by the settlement area of Lübeck and an allotment garden area.
The Wakenitz is dammed in Lübeck. As a result, it forms the “Little Lake” in the south of the city, which is almost completely surrounded by alder forest. A reed belt of reeds and bulrushes as well as fields of sea and pond rose adjoin the quarry forest. There is a natural swimming pool on the east bank of the Kleiner See.
June 23, 2021
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