The Lippe floodplain is rich in different habitats: The gently flowing River Lippe, meadows and pastures, dry sand heaths, tall forb communities, small woods, ponds, pools and streams. The Tall Oat-Grass meadows and the wet meadows offer habitats for rare species of plant: Pepper Saxifrage, Yellow Meadow Rue, Meadow Fleabane and Yellow Rattle all grow here. The sandy river terraces are the realm of specialist plants: Petty Whin, Small Cudweed and Heather cope here with the nutrient-poor conditions that make life impossible for other species.
Wading birds such as Snipe and Greenshank, duck species like Widgeon and Teal, as well as Cranes, are just some of the species that overwinter in the Lippe Floodplain or stop off during migration.
Tips, hints and linksAlong the Lippe Floodplain there are a number of places of cultural-historical interest: In Heintrop you can call in at the only remaining windmill in the region, Sändkers Mühle.
On the "Auenland" cycle path, you pass the museum railway station Museumsbahnhof Heintrop between Vellinghausen und Lippborg.
In Herzfeld you can visit the St. Ida Basilika and in Hovestadt enjoy the baroque garden of the stately home Schloss Hovestadt.
In the parish church of St. Clemens you can see the famous "stone bread".
Getting thereYou can reach the area via the B475 and B55 trunk roads.
Address for satnavs:
Pastorat: Kirchweg 1, 59556 Lippstadt
Herzfeld: Kreuzweg, 59510 Herzfeld
Lippborg: Illmerweg 3, 59510 Lippborg
Pastorat: 32 U 450910, 5724372
Herzfeld: 32 U 440850, 5723546
Lippborg: 32 U 433481, 5724242
Pastorat: 51.668164, 8.290456
Herzfeld: 51.659857, 8.144715
Lippborg: 51.665260, 8.037987