Collecting berries, mushrooms and beach debris in the national park

Take little or nothing with you

In the national park, nature can be and become what it wants to be. This also includes the undisturbed growth and spread of plants or fungi and the natural dynamics on the coasts. Outside the natural cycle, removing mushrooms, berries, blossoms or twigs, or flotsam such as stones, roots or shells, changes the ecosystem. Apart from the Core Zone, you are permitted to collect things in moderation for your own purposes.

Blaubeeren © K. Bärwald
Blueberries are common in the Darsswald Forest. Collecting on the wayside, outside the Core Zone is permitted.

Sought-after flotsam

Flotsam in particular tempts you to take it away as a coveted holiday souvenir. Over 4 million guests visit the national park every year. Every year tons of stones, shells and driftwood disappear from the beach. This changes the wild coasts, the primitiveness of which inspires people and in which every little thing has its place. It is therefore strictly forbidden to remove soil components from the protected area. So think carefully about what really needs to go into your jacket pocket when you go for a walk on the beach. And what doesn't fit in - it's better to leave it there.

Berries, twigs, mushrooms etc.

In order to allow plants to grow undisturbed in the national park, it is forbidden to remove plants or parts of them, to damage them or to impair their continued existence.

Outside the Core Zones, the National Park Ordinance allows the collection of mushrooms and berries as an exception. A small bowl or mushroom basket may be filled with a tiny amount for personal use. Off the paths, every collector becomes a nuisance for the animal world.

Inedible or unknown mushrooms are best left in the forest unpicked to protect health and preserve diversity.