Profile of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park
Landscape in motion
The unbridled energy of the wind and waves carries the coasts away, transporting sand and depositing it elsewhere. This creates wind flats, sand hooks and, in the end, a mosaic of dunes, saltwater ponds and swamps. This dynamic development of the coastal landscape is a hallmark of the national park.
Rich in Nature
Change is the order of the day in the typical habitats Baltic Sea, exposed tidal flats, heather, bogs and forest. Animal species large and small, from the red deer to the blue moor frog, find exclusive habitats here, spread over a large area.
Feathered residents and visitors roost here in their thousands. The spectacle of cranes occurs every year throughout autumn and attracts more and more nature lovers. In winter little red knots hurry across the beach; they are not the only winter guests from the Arctic. Wide reed belts blur the transition between water and land. The realm of the bittern and marsh harrier stretches to here.
Herring, garfish and many others use the shallow lagoon waters as nurseries.
From dunes to forest
Pines germinate in the dune sands and prepare the way for rustic beech forests. Extensive alder forests grow in the swamps between the dunes. Particular flora especially feel at home in the dunes and bogs.
The national park's Protection Zones
Core Zone (Zone1)
This zone is comprised of the most valuable wilderness areas where natural development has priority. Paths must be strictly adhered to here.
Development Zones (Zone2)
Here, targeted interventions are implemented to return the landscape to wilderness step by step.
Particularly rare types of landscape, such as salt grass meadows and heaths, are grazed on selected areas in order to preserve the area's typical flora and fauna. The percentage of maintenance zones in national parks can be around 1/4 of the area.