Wadden Sea area
The wadden region extends from Den Helder in the Netherlands via Germany to the Danish peninsula Skallingen. In total, it is more than 500 kilometers long and 310,000 hectare large. It is almost as large as the entire province of South-Holland. The area consists of around 30% of the Dutch, 20% of the Danish and 60% of the German coasts and includes around 50 islands and large sandbanks. The area is unique because large areas are exposed during low tide. That requires a unique flora and fauna. This is the reason why the outer dike areas of the wadden region have been granted a World Heritage status.
Plants and animals in the wadden region
Do you want to see lots of different plants and animals? Then the wadden region is the place to be. On land, on the mud flats and in the sea live and grow thousands of species and every season is different. Seals laze away on the sandbanks, millions of migrating birds fly through the area, marshes turn purple from the sea lavender. Some animals in the wadden region are slightly different than elsewhere in the Netherlands, Germany or Denmark. One example is the Eurasian water shrew on Texel. This shrew is much smaller than those living on the mainland and it also has a different color fur!