This area is located within the natural landscape unit Ostbraunschweigisches Hügelland (East Brunswick Hills) in the natural geographic region of Boerden (Atlantic biogeographic region) in the districts of Helmstedt and Wolfenbuettel.
Smaller hill ranges protrude from the wavy landscape of intensely-used fields dominated by fertile loess soils.
This is the home of one of the most valuable natural inland salt meadows and the most valuable calcareous grassland of subcontinental character in Lower Saxony. Numerous endangered plant species of the mentioned biotope types can be found in this area. For some species, this is their only distribution range in Lower Saxony. Since the Boerde region exhibits hardly any grassland at all, the area of the Barnstorf salt meadow is a wet meadow of regional significance.
Area size: 292ha