The area is part of the natural area Luneburg Heath. It is located in the Uelzen / Bevensen basin (atlantic region). It is a largely natural river
with plenty of tributaries, including the areas to either side with floodplain and bog woodland, permanent grassland, some covered in shrub or hedges, spring water mires and sandy
The area is one of the most important river
catchments in the East of Lower Saxony.
The aim is to create a continuous habitat for fire-bellied toads here and in the site NABU 2 (Strothe/ Almstorf). To do this, several
new ponds will be created in the East of the River Ilmenau catchment