We made a field trip to sample spoil heaps in Germany! Not enough to wonder how beautiful they are and how many interesting habitats and species can be found there. Together with Anita Kirmer, a colleague from Hochschule Anhalt, we travel around old spoil heaps after brown coal mining near Halle (Saxony-Anhalt). The mine pits have been usually flooded and the surrounding spoil heaps have been reclaimed to forest. But the result is not bad. Especially due to the spontaneous colonization from the surrounding area. Islands and peninsulas have been modelled in the mine lakes, banks have shallow littoral zones and if local reclamation companies did not use non-native species of shrubs and trees in the plantations (e.g. black locust, Canadian poplar or common sea-buckthorn) the impression of the new hetegouneous landscape would be great! Greetings form Klobikau spoil heap and mine lake Geiseltalsee!