Project areas in Brandenburg

The nature conservation areas taken over by EuroNatur lie for the greater part east to southeast of Berlin in the „Märkische Schweiz“, „Dahme-Heideseen“ and „Schlaubetal“ Nature Parks.

Please click on the following links to discover more about the individual parks.

„Märkische Schweiz“ Nature Park – not only an paradise for birds

„Dahme-Heideseen“ Nature Park - idyll on Berlin's doorstep

„Schlaubetal“ Nature Park – great variety in a small area



“Märkische Schweiz” Nature Park – not only an paradise for birds

© Gabriel Schwaderer
Gumnitz nature reserve in the “Märkische Schweiz” Nature Park. © Gabriel Schwaderer

“Märkische Schweiz“ Nature Park lies only 60 kilometres east of Berlin on an area of 205 square kilometres. The variety of the landscape with its lakes, hills and river valleys gives the place its name as the Switzerland of the Mark. Here the country forms a fascinating mosaic of forests, meadows, fens and fields.

About a third of the area of the nature park is tree-covered, for the most part in deciduous mixed forest, home to a variety of species. Practically the whole of the park is a European Special Protection Area.
Black and White storks, Red and Black kites, Honey Buzzards, White-tailed Eagles and Cranes find ideal living conditions here. And in the autumn it is a popular resting place for Bean Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose from northern Europe, Tern, Black-headed Gull and Herring Gull.

The areas taken over by EuroNatur are in the following nature reserves:

  • Stobbertal
  • Gumnitz with Großer Schlagenthinsee
  • Ruhlsdorfer Bruch and
  • Gartzsee



Dahme-Heideseen Nature Park - idyll on Berlin's doorstep

© Manuela Burkard
Extensively farmed meadow land to the south-east of the lake at Pätzer Hintersee. © Manuela Burkard

Dahme-Heideseen Natur Park lies 40 kilometres to south-east of Berlin. The structure of the landscape in the Nature Park was formed in the Weichselian glacial period with ice masses that left a lasting mark.

As a result one finds gently rolling country alongside chains of hills between which lie the spreading plains of the Nature Park. The heathlands of today formed where the soil is sandy. The park has heaths, numerous becks such as the Dahme and over 100 lakes with extensive forests and it is from a combination of Dahme with heath (Heide) and lakes (Seen) that the park has taken its name.

The wealth of water together with the wide-spreading forest areas have made the park an important habitat for endangered species of large birds such as White-tailed Eagle, Osprey and Crane. And the European Otter, which is widely threatened with extinction, is still at home here.

In some areas of the park near-natural woodlands have survived, these are the waterlogged Alder woods known as carrs–- mixed oakwoods and pine-lichen forests. In their immediate neighbourhood are extensively farmed haymeadows and pastures and fields fringed with copses, orchards, pollarded willows and clearance cairns.

The areas taken over by EuroNatur are scattered across eight nature reserves:

  • Dahmetal near Briesen
  • Mahnigsee-Dahmetal
  • Löptener Fenne-Wustrickwiesen
  • Pätzer Hintersee
  • Streganzsee-Dahme
  • Linowsee-Dutzendsee
  • Schwenower Forst
  • Kienheide



Schlaubetal Nature Park - great variety in a small area

© Manuela Burkard
Lake Belenz in the nature reserve at Unteres Schlaubetal (lower Schaube valley) © Manuela Burkard

The Schlaube valley is considered one of the most beautiful beck valleys of East Brandenburg. Close to the Polish border, it is south-west of Frankfurt on the Oder and west of Eisenhüttenstadt.

The Schlaube is the dominant feature of the Nature Park. Its course is bordered with fens among which there is one particular rarity : this is the brown moss fen, one of the most endangered biotope forms in Europe. Brown mosses grow on poor-nutrient and neutral-basic soils in contrast to peat mosses which flourish in acid locations.

More than two-thirds of the area of the Park is wooded. Of particular interest here are the near-natural oak-pine woods and beechwoods.
Because of the small-scale structure of the various habitats that are part of the Nature Park it is rich in fauna and flora. Well over 1 100 species of plant can be found here, among them 13 different species of orchid and 700 species of butterfly: the Cranberry Fritillary is a rare one. And in the whole of North Germany the European Green Lizard can only be found in this nature park. Nearly 200 bird species can be seen in the Schlaubetal Nature Park: among them are White-tailed Eagle, Osprey, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Kingfisher and Black Stork. And in or near the water - European Pond Turtle, Otter and European Fire-bellied Toad.

 The nature reserve areas taken over by EuroNatur are located in the following conservation areas:

  • Schlaube Valley
  • Lower Schlaube Valley




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