Nature Park Travel - Europe off the beaten track
top down: picture panels in the Castle Park
Birdscaping and Birding
Come to Seebach in the third week of May, if you want to hear the birds in the Castle Park.
The migrant birds then have returned and the song of birds is at its height: The males sing for the delimitation of their area and to attract the females.
The Moated Castle, the Bird Protection Center and the Castle Park are open to visitors.
Picture Panels describe native birds and their behavior.
In the aviaries, injured birds recover. Young birds are raised when they have fallen from their nests.
From 1911 to 1914 the ornithologist Hans Freiherr von Berlepsch had the Seebach Moated Castle rebuilt for bird protection.
More than one hundred nesting sites were built into the walls: nesting stones and nesting boards under roof beams, a nest pad for storks on the roof, entrance holes and nesting caves.
Swifts, kestrels and barn owls had already nested in the castle before the reconstruction, now jackdaws and starlings come also.
At the time of the reconstruction the Seebach Moated Castle had been owned by the family for almost 400 years:
The ancestor Hans von Berlepsch bought the castle in 1523. Hans von Berlepsch was the Wartburg Castle Captain at the time when Martin Luther hid there.
The castle itself is considerably older: It was built around 1200.
In the nearby Hainich National Park, you also have a good opportunity to watch birds. The National Park Administration offers bird chirping trips and observation walks with field glasses.