Hallig Habel

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Halligen Gröde (left) and Habel (center) on a satellite image
Coordinates 54°38′14″N 8°46′00″E / 54.63722°N 8.76667°E / 54.63722; 8.76667Coordinates: 54°38′14″N 8°46′00″E / 54.63722°N 8.76667°E / 54.63722; 8.76667
Archipelago North Frisian Islands
Area 0.074 km2 (0.029 sq mi)
Length 655 m (2,149 ft)
Width 100 m (300 ft)
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Nordfriesland
Municipality Gröde
Additional information

Hallig Habel (Danish: Habel, North Frisian: Haabel) is the smallest Hallig in the German Wadden Sea, and is a bird sanctuary. It is administered by the Gröde municipality on the neighbouring island. The surface area of Habel measures 7.4 hectares[1] with about 655 metres in length, and 100 metres width.

On this island there is an artificial dwelling hill called Norderwarft with a house that hosts an ornithological observatory during the summertime.[1] A second hill on the southern shore, Süderwarft, was abandoned in the 19th century and was then destroyed by the sea.

Habel is located in Protection Area 1 of the Schleswig Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. The common public must therefore not enter the island.[2] The island is owned by the state of Schleswig-Holstein and is leased by Verein Jordsand, a non-profit association for environmental protection with its seat in Ahrensburg.[1] Habel serves as breeding and resting grounds for many species of marine birds like the brant goose[2] and the Arctic tern.


  1. ^ a b c "Hallig Habel" (in German). Verein Jordsand e. V. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Hallig Habel". Biosphäre die Halligen (in German). Retrieved 21 December 2011.