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Danish part of the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea stretches from Den Helder in the Netherlands in the southwest to its northern bounderies north of Esbjerg in Denmark, crossing the estuaries of the rivers in the northwest of Germany. Within the Netherlands the Wadden Sea is bounded from the Lake IJsselmeer by the Afsluitdijk in the south. The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sands and mud flats in the world. The salt marshes of the Wadden Sea are covered with salt tolerant plants. Animals like seals live in the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is a breeding area and a tanking station for migrating birds. The Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage comprises the Wadden Sea Conservation Area in the Netherlands, the Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and most of the Wadden Sea in Denmark. The Wadden Sea Conservation Area in the Netherlands and the Wadden Sea national Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany gained status the as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2009. The Danish part of the Wadden Sea was added in 2014.

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Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea extends through three countries, from the Dutch city of Den Helder, past the great river estuaries in northwest Germany to the...

The Wadden Sea extends through three countries, from the Dutch city of Den Helder, past the great river estuaries in northwest Germany to the city of Esbjerg in Denmark. The Wadden Sea is the largest intertidal zone in the world and the largest continuous national park in Europe. The Waden Sea provides a special and extreme environment for animals and salt tolerant plants and is an important breeding area for birds, such as the Eurasian spoonbill and Kentish plover.

  1. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea extends through three countries, from the Dutch city of Den Helder, past the great river estuaries in northwest Germany to the...

    The Wadden Sea extends through three countries, from the Dutch city of Den Helder, past the great river estuaries in northwest Germany to the city of Esbjerg in Denmark. The Wadden Sea is the largest intertidal zone in the world and the largest continuous national park in Europe. The Waden Sea provides a special and extreme environment for animals and salt tolerant plants and is an important breeding area for birds, such as the Eurasian spoonbill and Kentish plover.

  2. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - Wadden Sea: Salicornia, known as samphire greens or marsh samphire. The salt marshes of the Wadden Sea are covered with salt tolerant...

    Wadden Sea: Salicornia, known as samphire greens or marsh samphire. The salt marshes of the Wadden Sea are covered with salt tolerant plants, samphire is a pioneer saltmarsh plant, it can survive on soils with high salt concentrations. The Wadden Sea Nationalpark Vadehavet is the largest national park of Denmark. It is visited twice a year by 12 million migratory birds and has the largest population of harbour seals in Denmark.

  3. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sands and mud flats in the world. The salt marshes of the Wadden...

    The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sands and mud flats in the world. The salt marshes of the Wadden Sea are covered with salt tolerant plants. The Wadden Sea is threatened by human activities such as gas drilling. Due to human activities, bird species are threatened to disappear from the Wadden Sea. Some birds at risk are the Arctic tern, avocet, common snipe, dunlin, eider, oystercatcher and ruff.

  4. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - Wadden Sea: When the tidal waters retreat, the exposed seabed comes to life and teems with small creatures, such as starfish and mussels. The...

    Wadden Sea: When the tidal waters retreat, the exposed seabed comes to life and teems with small creatures, such as starfish and mussels. The sands and dunes of the Wadden Sea are resting places for colonies of seals. A mud flat walking tour is an adventurous way to explore this nature reserve and an unique way to experience the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is one of the most treacherous seas in Europe, so take a mud walking tour with a licensed guide.

  5. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea in Denmark: The Sneum Lock at the mouth of the river Sneum Å. Most of the rivers which flow into the Wadden Sea are regulated...

    The Wadden Sea in Denmark: The Sneum Lock at the mouth of the river Sneum Å. Most of the rivers which flow into the Wadden Sea are regulated by dykes and sluices. The Sneum Lock is situated about 14 km southeast of Esbjerg. The Dutch part and the German part of the Wadden Sea were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2009, the Nationalpark Vadehavet, the Danish part of the Wadden Sea, was added in 2014.

  6. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea in Denmark: The Sneum Å River flows into the Wadden Sea through a sluice gate, the Sneum Lock. The sluice is next...

    The Wadden Sea in Denmark: The Sneum Å River flows into the Wadden Sea through a sluice gate, the Sneum Lock. The sluice is next to the Sneum Dike Lake, Sneum Digesø, the lake lies just inside the sea dyke. Since 1991, the Sneum Digesø has been created through digging the clayey soil to reinforce the dykes along the Wadden Sea. The Sneum Digesø is one of the best places for birdwatching in Denmark, 264 bird species have been spotted at the same time.

  7. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - Danish Wadden Sea: A 9 km long causeway leads over the salt marshes of the Wadden Sea to Rømø, the southernmost Wadden Sea Island of...

    Danish Wadden Sea: A 9 km long causeway leads over the salt marshes of the Wadden Sea to Rømø, the southernmost Wadden Sea Island of Denmark. Nationalpark Vadehavet covers the Danish part of the Wadden Sea from the German border to the Ho Bugt nearby Esbjerg, it also includes the islands Rømø, Mandø, Fanø and Langli, the Skallingen Peninsula, the Varde Å River Valley and many marshlands, such as the marshlands around Tønder and Ribe.

  8. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Danish Wadden Sea: The Ballum Enge watering mills and mill house near Bredebro. In the period 1842-1965, the mills in the Ballum Enge were...

    The Danish Wadden Sea: The Ballum Enge watering mills and mill house near Bredebro. In the period 1842-1965, the mills in the Ballum Enge were used to provide fresh water for livestock. The mills are surrounded by the Balummarsken, the salt marshes of Ballum. The Ballum Enge is situated just behind the dykes of Wadden Sea between Tønder and Ribe, the oldest town of Denmark.

  9. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Wadden Sea is also an important breeding area and tanking station for migrating birds. The sea is a rich feeding ground for...

    The Wadden Sea is also an important breeding area and tanking station for migrating birds. The sea is a rich feeding ground for bird species. Mud and sand flats are exposed at low tide, this gives birds an easy access to snails, worms, mussels, crabs and shrimps. About 2300 species of flora and fauna can be found in the salt marshes of the Wadden Sea. Animals such as seals live in the Wadden Sea and give birth to their pups on the sandflats. 

  10. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - Wadden Sea: The historic centre of Tønder is dominated by 17th and 18th century houses. Tønder is the oldest market town in...

    Wadden Sea: The historic centre of Tønder is dominated by 17th and 18th century houses. Tønder is the oldest market town in Denmark, situated not far from the Wadden Sea. Tønder once was a Hanseatic City. The port of Tønder lost direct access to the Wadden Sea due to land reclamation. The Sort Sol, the Black Sun, is a special nature phenomenon in the marshlands near Tønder and Ribe, the oldest town of Denmark.

  11. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - The Danish part of the Wadden Sea: The Højer Vidå Lock was built in 1980 nearby the Højer Lock. The Vidåen River runs...

    The Danish part of the Wadden Sea: The Højer Vidå Lock was built in 1980 nearby the Højer Lock. The Vidåen River runs through the Advanced Dyke at the Højer Vidå Lock, the dyke is also called the German-Danish Dike. The dyke stretches across the border between Denmark and Germany and  is 12 km long. The sea dyke was built in 1980 to protect Tønder and the Tønder marshlands against flooding.

  12. Danish part of the Wadden Sea - Wadden Sea: The Højer Lock is situated west of Tønder, it was built in the Højer-Siltoft dyke in 1861....

    Wadden Sea: The Højer Lock is situated west of Tønder, it was built in the Højer-Siltoft dyke in 1861. The Sort Sol (Black Sun) is a nature phenomenon in the marshlands near Tønder and Ribe. Hundreds of thousands of starlings gather here in spring and autumn in large flocks and form huge formations in the sky, the starlings seem to obscure te sun. The Sort Sol takes place during the sunset, just before the birds decide to find a location to roost for the night.