The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Wadden Sea with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the landscape features and principal types of habitat within the site, as well as some of the more prominent birds and mammals. The entire West-European population of dunlin uses the Wadden Sea and this species features prominently in the slideshow with densely-packed groups of birds feeding on the mudflats, portraits of individual birds, and vast flocks flying overhead. The area is used by large numbers of shelduck during the moulting season, as well as overwintering eider. Most of the world population of the dark-bellied brent goose use the Wadden Sea and feed on the adjacent meadows, while harbor seals are commonly seen in the waters offshore, and basking on sandbanks.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Tony Morris, Alberto_VO5, Doug Greenberg, Henry T. McLin, Jim Culp, Nigel, Sergey Yeliseev, shell game, Tony Varela Photography, Claude Daupagne, Finn Jensen, Hans Norelius, Huhnerauge, Jens Hansen, Lloyd K. Barnes, Matthias Serfling, Michael Bertulat, Mike Bing, Paul Downey, Rob Oo, Silverleapers, Thomas Gerhard, Varde Kommune, steeedm, abbilder, Khun Hans, Linda Alexandersson and Stuart Borrett.
Marine & Coastal
Area: 11,434 km2
Inscribed: 2009 (extended 2014)
- Geological features (viii);
- Ecological processes (ix);
- Natural habitat for biodiversity (x);