Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark

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Wadden Sea National Park
Nationalpark Vadehavet
Wadden Sea seen from Rømødæmningen
LocationThe Danish part of the Wadden Sea, Denmark
Coordinates55°15′00″N 8°28′59″E / 55.25°N 8.483°E / 55.25; 8.483Coordinates: 55°15′00″N 8°28′59″E / 55.25°N 8.483°E / 55.25; 8.483
Area1,466 km2 (566 sq mi)
Established16 October 2010 (named 17 January 2008)
Governing bodyDanish Ministry of the Environment
Official nameVadehavet
Designated14 May 1987
Reference no.356[1]
Danish islands in the Wadden Sea

Wadden Sea National Park (Nationalpark Vadehavet) was designated a Danish national park on 17 January 2008, effective 2010.[2] Since June 2014 it has constituted the Danish part of the UNESCO's Wadden Sea World Heritage Site.[3] Prince Joachim of Denmark is Patron of the Wadden Sea Centre.

The Wadden Sea National Park is - except Greenland by far the largest of Denmark's national parks and covers the Danish part of the Wadden Sea from Ho Bugt to the German border, and includes the islands of Fanø, Mandø and Rømø, as well as Skallingen, the Varde Å valley, and many of the marshlands of Tjæreborgmarsken, Ribemarsken, Margrethekogen and De Ydre Diger in Tøndermarsken.

The Wadden Sea is internationally known as a resting place for millions of migratory birds, and more than 10 million of them pass through the Wadden Sea twice a year. Large flocks of European starlings can be found which fly in formations known as the sort sol. The Wadden Sea also has large numbers of breeding birds, fish, and invertebrates such as starfish and blue mussels. It provides habitat for more than 500 species of plants and animals.

97% of the national park is part of Natura 2000,[2] divided into several projects: a bird sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary, and Ramsar wetlands of international importance. The areas comprise biomes like the low-lying flat coast, tidal channels, tidal flats, stream mouths, beach meadows, sandplains and dunes.


The official motivation behind Wadden Sea National Park (Denmark) was to strengthen:[2]

  • Nature protection
  • Cultural history
  • Outdoor activities
  • Education and research
  • International cooperation

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vadehavet". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Nationalpark Wadden Sea Vadehavets formidlerforum (the collaboration of 'Wadden Sea communication forum') (in Danish)
  3. ^ Wadden Sea World Heritage Site at waddensea-worldheritage.org. Retrieved on 29 April 2010.

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