Solling-Vogler Nature Park
The Solling-Vogler Nature Park (German: Naturpark Solling-Vogler) is a nature park in South Lower Saxony in Germany. It has an area of 52,000 hectares (200 sq mi) and was established in 1966.
The nature park includes the hill ranges of the Solling and the Vogler but also the Burgberg which lies east of Weser valley between the two upland regions. It is looked after by the Zweckverband Naturpark Solling-Vogler, whose sponsors are the districts of Holzminden and Northeim and the state of Lower Saxony.
The Solling-Vogler Nature Park lies northwest of the city of Göttingen in the two aforementioned districts between the rivers Weser in the west and Leine in the east. It is located between the villages of Bodenwerder to the north, Stadtoldendorf and Dassel to the northeast, Moringen to the east Hardegsen and Uslar to the southeast, Bad Karlshafen to the south, Beverungen to the southwest, Höxter to the west and Holzminden to the northwest.
The nature park lies between its neighbours, the Weser Uplands-Schaumburg-Hamelin Nature Park to the north, the Münden Nature Park to the south, the Harz National Park to the east and the Eggegebirge and Southern Teutoburg Forest Nature Park to the west.
The Bunter sandstone ridge of the Solling (up to 528 m AMSL) has the appearance of a high plateau with mixed forests, wet meadows and moors. The Vogler (460 m) is also a sandstone upland, but with many hills and valleys with steep rock faces.
Flora and fauna
Over 80% of the nature park consists of beech and spruce mixed forest. In some places ancient oak wood pasture has survived. Rare plants, like the sundew, maidenhair spleenwort and rare species of orchid occur here, as do wildcat, birds of prey and stork.
Elements of the nature park enjoy the additional protected status of the EU Birds Directive. The designated areas are habitats for the middle spotted woodpecker, Tengmalm's owl, black stork and other protected bird species.
The abbeys of Amelungsborn and Corvey as well as Bevern Castle are outstanding historic buildings and are all located within the nature park. In Fürstenberg there is an old porcelain works. Between Silberborn and Neuhaus is the Hochsolling Observation Tower. Close to the tower is the nature reserve of Hochmoor Mecklenbruch near Silberborn and the Neuhaus Deer Park (see external links), with its forest museum, near Neuhaus.
The Weser Cycle Path runs west of the nature park along the Weser, as do the tourist routes of the German Fairy Tale Route, German Timber-Frame Road and the Road of Weser Renaissance.
- Solling-Vogler Nature Park (German)
- Neuhaus Deer Park (with forest museum) (German)
Coordinates: 51°46′N 9°33′E / 51.76°N 9.55°E