Westrügen - Hiddensee - Zingst

Country/territory: Germany

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C5 (2000)
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Area: 26,250 ha

Protection status:

NABU Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union

Site description
An extensive coastal region in the southern Baltic Sea, comprising islands and vast stretches of shallow water (less than 1 m in depth). The shores support reedbeds (Phragmites) and saltmarsh, with a hinterland comprising forest, meadows and small-holdings.

Key biodiversity
The site holds more than 20,000 passage waterbirds on a regular basis, and is also a major migratory bottleneck site, where up to 25,000 Grus grus regularly pass during the autumn.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Westrügen - Hiddensee - Zingst. Downloaded from on 25/01/2021.