For the first time in years: storks settle in Bottrop

Bottrop Kirchelin.
Where there have only been flight visits for years, the white stork has now settled down. Bottrop-Grafenwald’s nesting aid has been empty for a long time.

“Someone is cooking me a stork” – this admiration for amazement is certainly justified in Gravenwald these days. Because the plateau stork in the region of Heimersfeld and Schäferweg, which was built a long time ago and has since been empty, is now inhabited – precisely with the species for which it was originally built. The stork returned to Grafenwald, in Kirchhellen. Where he only recently made air visits, Adebar now appears to have settled down.

Residents and those interested in ornithology have already taken pictures as evidence. If it really was a nested pair of storks, this would be the premiere. “I came to this area in 2004,” says Marcus Herber. But since then there has been no stork breeding, and the white stork, which is the problem here, hadn’t settled long before its time, according to a forester from Wald & Holz NRW. He is responsible for the Kirchhellener and Bottrop districts that his fellow Ruhr Association regional Werner Meemken does not take care of.

Kirchhellen may provide an adequate supply of food for the birds

Marcus Herber first heard of the apparently haunted nest. But: “A few days ago I saw Kirchilin storks and they were also flying over the field in the direction of Gravenwald, therefore: nothing is impossible, and if there was a nest with a claw or perhaps offspring, it would, of course, be wonderful.”


Anyway, time will tell. By mid-May, incubation had advanced, and the first pairs of storks would have had offspring that needed to be fed. And this is not a problem at Kirchelin. Herber is sure that wet meadows, ponds, and lakes are simply ideal feeding grounds for the white stork.


Rolf Frick of Naboo is also confident in the food supply of the Kirchhelen storks. “Especially the northern region and towards the airport is the country of the stork.” Definitely: Gravenwald is part of it, as is the Wetland of Dringenberg or the remodeled areas around Boe. “What a lot of people don’t know is that storks smell incredibly good, they literally smell when working in the field, for example, and they know: then something good to eat will appear.” Because not only the well-known frog, but also worms and other things, the animals end up in the list of Adebar.

Patience and perseverance pays off. The WAZ photographer says the same when, after a long wait, the stork – most likely even a female stork – not only casually bends over the edge of the nest, but also straightens up in all its glory and prepares to take off. wounderful seen. Fortunately, the telephoto lens is ready to hand, because the second stork is also close. Our patient photographer imagines that “the husband changes the guard.”

Walkers and dog owners should not get too close to the nesting site

But this brings us directly to animal welfare. Concerned residents, and above all Rolf Frick and Marcus Herber, prefer not to comment on the news of the return of the stork “on the big bell” at all. Al-Haraji says that stork tourism, especially dog ​​walkers, will be counterproductive in this case. This is no different with the stork than with all the wild animals that take care of their offspring at this time of year. This will be not only all relatives, but also half of the neighborhood and who will push through the delivery room. Urgent request from experts: Please keep calm and distance.

Why the Grafenwald suddenly became a nesting area again may also have something to do with the completely natural increase in the stork population. Tobias Rautenberg doubted some time ago: “If it is too crowded in the Lower Rhine or in the vicinity of Herfest or Schermbek, white storks can also settle in the Kirchelen, and above all, they can settle there,” says the biogeographer. The qualification, located at the biological station Westliches Ruhrgebiet (BSWR) is primarily devoted to bird inventory. After all, the current situation shows that the white stork no longer makes any detours around Kerchilin in terms of stability – and it does not just make flying visits.


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