Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) This is an IBA in danger! 

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The Wadden Sea is characterized by intertidal mud and sandflats between the mainland and the barrier islands. The flats are traversed by deeper water channels. There are coastal marshes grazed by sheep and cattle and reclaimed coastal marshland behind the dykes with permanent grass and some arable land.

Key biodiversity
An extremely important staging area: at least 20 waterbird species congregate in internationally important numbers in winter or on passage, totalling hundreds of thousands of birds. Circus aeruginosus, C. pygargus, Recurvirostra avosetta, Philomachus pugnax, Sterna hirundo, S. paradisaea and S. albifrons, listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive, breed at the site, some in large numbers.

Protected areas
National High International High115,850 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Vadehavet, 115,850 ha). 115,850 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Vadehavet (Wadden Sea), 140,830 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vadehavet (Wadden Sea). Downloaded from on 29/10/2020.