The bird life of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park

From really tiny to absolutely huge

The area of the Western Pomerania lagoon area has long been recognised as an internationally significant bird sanctuary. Already at the beginning of the last century, intensive efforts were undertaken to protect the birds in today's national park. The range of native or migrating birds is impressive. The autumn crane migration attracts a particularly large number of tourists. During that time, around 80,000 cranes roost in the lagoon landscape. Along with sea eagles, they are among the giants of the local bird world. But also tiny animals, such as sanderlings and golden cockerels, find ideal habitats here.

The lagoon landscape's birds under European protection

Since 1978 the “Bodden Zingst east coast, Rügen west coast – Hiddensee” area has enjoyed wetland of international importance status under the Ramsar Convention of 1971. Since 14 December 1992, the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park has been registered as a European bird sanctuary in accordance with the EC Birds Directive.

Coastal Bird Breeding Areas

Das Salsgrasland der Insel Kirr ist von vielen Prilen durchzogen. © Jürgen Reich

Island paradise for breeding

Bird Rest & Migration

Ein Schwarm Nonnengänse in der Luft © Klaus Haase

Holiday destination for short and long-haul flights

Cranes

stehende Kraniche im flachen Wasser im Morgenlicht, Nationalpark Boddenlandschaft © J. Reich

Majestic musicians

Sea Eagles

Zwei Seeadler auf dem Horst. © Jürgen Reich

Kings of the skies

Cormorants

Kormoran © Jürgen Reich

Black deep divers

Swans

Höckerschwan im Wasser © Klaus Haase

No ugly ducklings

Geese

Nonnengänse © Jürgen Reich

Sociable chatterers

Ducks

Ein Schwarm Reiherenten wechselt das Gewässer. © Jürgen Reich

If it looks like one and quacks like one...

Seagulls

Silbermöwen © Jürgen Reich

Loud and always there

Terns

Brandseeschwalben am Nest © Jürgen Reich

Lightning-fast plungers

Waders

Limikolen im Pulk. Ein Sandregenpfeifer und ein Sichelstrandläufer haben sich einem Trupp Alpenstrandläufer angeschlossen. © Klaus Haase

Small powerhouses

Songbirds

Die seltene Bartmeise braucht ungenutzte große Schilfflächen. Im Nationalpark findet sie diese. © Jürgen Reich

Sometimes very melodic, sometimes a little croaky