Hidden behind tall grass and trees lies a small oasis in the urban landscape of Schifflange. The ornithologist from natur&ëmwelt, Sören Salvatore, takes us to this secret place where we discuss his work and learn about the birds and the…Lëtchen!



Our “Minett Location” of the month: Beréngungsstatioun, Schëfflenger Brill ((Google Maps : 49°30’39.0 „N 6°00’29.4 „E)



Our guest: Sören Salvatore



Sören Salvatore is a young ornithologist and science educator who works for the non-profit organisation natur&ëmwelt. He is also a wildlife photographer and has his own podcast called “Un der Grenz”.







Spotify: Un der Grenz



Sören’s Quiz (Q&A)



What is the name of reed in Luxembourgish? Lëtschen



What is a ‘Brill’ (LU)? A ‘Brill’ is a natural wetland near a village.



Which bird is most often seen in the Schifflange Brill? The ‘Klenge Jäitzert’ (LU), in German ‘Teichrohrsänger’ and in English ‘Reed Warbler’, is the most frequently encountered bird at the marking station at Schifflange Brill.



Which mammal naturally regenerates the Schifflange Brill area? The beaver! Beavers regenerate their environment naturally and have recently been found again in Luxembourg and at the Schifflange Brill.



Topics of this episode:



  • Bird watching station, Schifflinger Brill. Here, birds that fly, come and nest here are marked, i.e. they receive their “identity cards” for monitoring purposes. So far, about 120 different bird species have been observed and marked at Schifflinger Brill.
  • Sören’s Wildlife Photography on Instagram.
  • COL Urban birds – protecting climate and wildlife – A project coordinated by natur&ëmwelt in which Sören is involved.
  • ‘Schlammwiss Uebersyren’ – A 375 ha wetland that is the largest contiguous reed area in Luxembourg.
  • The reed warbler is the bird most often seen in Luxembourg in summer. It lives in the reeds.
  • Barn swallow – Sören’s favourite bird.
  • “Steinforter Schmelz” – former ironworks.
  • “Schlackentipp” (mining dump): the waste has been removed, taken away where the dump used to be and is now one of the large ponds.
  • The white stork as a breeding bird. “Lameschmillen” (on the Dumontshaff) is where the first storks in Luxembourg made their home in 2013.
  • The renaturation of the Alzette is underway on a 20 km stretch between Luxembourg City and the south.
  • Neighbour Magazine – a quarterly and digital magazine that encourages sustainable living with a focus on Luxembourg and the Greater Region and a view of the world.
  • Un der Grenz – Sörens Podcast.