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  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Why Christmas Lake?
    In December 2003, at Bottrop in the Kirchheller Heide, a creek sank in the earth, and the water overflowed its shores, becoming a lake. And because it all happened at Christmas, they called him "Christmas Lake".
    Worth knowing and informative around the christmas lake.
    On a winter morning in December 2003, employees of the Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) were informed that the Schwarzbach brook had widened unusually large at the point where the Schwarzbach Bridge was still standing. Gradually, the former stream became a small lake. The cause for this is coal mining, which inevitably leaves its mark. The brooks gradually filled with water, first animals settled and over the past few years the bridge and some trees had to be removed. Meanwhile, the RVR has built an observation hut and signs point the way to the Christmas lake. Here many animals have settled or made domestic. Kingfisher, moorhens, egrets roach in the lake, small pikes have been seen here, green frogs and then all the birds they brought: ducks, geese, cormorants. Discover kingfishers. Here developed a biotope, lake that makes a visit worthwhile.
    The RVR has built a wooden hut observation hut on the Christmas lake. It is used for observing, subordinate to the rain. In recent years, the signage in the Kirchheller Heide has been almost completely renewed and benches and huts renovated. In the natural forest cell, which has been without human intervention for more than 30 years and runs north of the Heidhofsee along the Schwarzbach, a bridge was built. There is also a jetty over the Rotbach.
    Prosper Haniel, which digs here for coal, has been dispensing with approved mining under the Rotbach since 1996, so that everything does not go down.

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    • August 2, 2018

  • Lars

    A nice place with seating, perfect for a snack.

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    • July 30, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    For more than 150 years, the city of Bottrop has been characterized by mining. In 2014, the Prosper Haniel Mine will continue to mine coal at depths of up to 1,300 meters. The mining of coal, among other things, leads to changes in the hydrological conditions and thus to effects on the ecosystems that occur in the Kirchheller Heide. Thus, e.g. Schwarzbach and Elsbach are formed in parts of the Bachauen large sinking lakes.

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    • August 13, 2018

  • Marco Mensing

    Great view, the existing benches invite you to linger.

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    • April 23, 2019

  • Svente

    If the weather is dry, take a good break.

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    • January 12, 2020

  • Svente

    A nice place to watch the waterfowl.

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    • January 12, 2020

  • Renate

    Nature conquers her space

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    • May 7, 2020

  • fiddler

    After Heidesee and Pfingstsee another highlight on the route. Just beautiful!!

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    • May 31, 2020

  • Kevin-Michael

    Very nice to look at and also a bench on the path to rest.

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    • October 31, 2020

  • Bettina S.

    Very nice biotope

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    • February 28, 2021

  • Bettina

    Very nice place, no matter Bob Pentecost or Christmas lake. In the middle of nature and you only hear the many different species of birds

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    • March 10, 2021

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