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Lüneburger Heide

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Situated south of Hamburg in Niedersachsen in the north of Germany, the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg Heath) consists of an area of acidic sandy soils dominated by heathland dominated by Heather Calluna vulgaris, Common Juniper Juniperus communis, and Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Most of the site is now protected, but forms only a fragment of the once vast northern European heathlands created by iron age to mediaeval agricultural systems.

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The heath holds important isolated populations of Black Grouse and Eurasian Pygmy Owl, and are significant for many other heathland species.

Eurasian Stone-curlew, European Roller, and Ortolan Bunting formerly bred, but are no longer present.

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Birds you can see here include:

Black Grouse, Common Quail, Black Stork, European Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Merlin, Northern Hobby, Common Crane, Eurasian Woodcock, Eurasian Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Stock Dove, Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, European Nightjar, Eurasian Wryneck, European Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Common Redstart, Whinchat, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, European Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Common Raven, Chaffinch, Eurasian Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill, Yellowhammer

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Wolves have recently recolonised the heath, after being hunted to extinction in the 19th century.

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