Hetter 

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Conservation area "Hetter"

grassland in the Hetter (Foto: D. Doer, NABU-Naturschutzstation; Mai 2009)

The large lowlands between the two cities of Emmerich and Rees bordering the Netherlands are respresentative of the traditional, rural landscape in the Lower Rhine area: widespread, plain and open wet meadows and willows.

The "Hetter-Millinger Bruch" conservation area protrudes into the Netherlands at two sites. In the north, the area is bounded by three defensive linear ditches and in the south, the "Großer Hetterbogen" and the "Kleiner Hetterbogen" are bounded by the A3 motorway.

In the past, the area was frequently flooded, particulalry during the winter months. After the floods, the lower parts of this area often lay idle for quite a long time and therefore attracted birds whose habitat was wet meadows. Currently, the "Hetter" accommodates the biggest and most significant population of the Limosa limosa in North-Rhine Westphalia.