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Danish Wadden Sea Islands

Geography
LocationWadden Sea
Coordinates551637N 83220E / 55.277N 8.539E / 55.277; 8.539 Coordinates : 551637N 83220E / 55.277N 8.539E / 55.277; 8.539
Total islands6
Major islandsRm , Fan
Administration
RegionRegion of Southern Denmark
MunicipalitiesEsbjerg municipality Tnder municipality
Demographics
Ethnic groupsDanes

Words unique appear often in descriptions of the Wadden Sea. But when it comes to describing Skallingen, even this word is insufficient, because encounter with this virgin landscape triggers an immediate sense of humility in the face of nature's creative power. Visit one of Wadden Seas ' most dynamic landscapes, where the beach recede by several meters every year and dunes may disappear in sea during storm. Coastal mainlands hold evidence of the last glacial periods. Stretching along 18 km, moraines can be find, along with active cliffs and shoreline rich in ancient boulders and pebbles. You should take a closer look at this unusual phenomenon, because it is rare in the Wadden Sea area. Where there is no geest, you will find sea dikes as clear limits between the salty environment in tidal areas and the freshwater environment in marshes behind dikes. Discover salt marshes-one of the most valuable natural habitats in Denmark. They provide food and shelter for hundreds of species of wildlife. The beauty of these natural features along the Danish coast also inspired Golden Age painters in the seventeenth century. When travelling in autumn, plan to experience the Black sun, thousands of starlings dancing in the sky. Margrethe Kog at Tndermarsken is an important bird sanctuary. Meet the northernmost member of Wadden Sea World Heritage family. Visit National Park Vadehavet, largest National Park in Denmark, with its characteristic open landscape. Shallow Sea areas, tidal channels, dry sands and Wadden, Skallingen and Wadden Sea Islands are all characterized by rich and varied nature. Here, beach and dune landscapes can be found along with marshes, shore meadows, estuaries, areas protected by dikes and kogs. Discover Horn Rev, or Devils Horn, with its hazardous shallows. Up to 4 meters below sea level is the ship graveyard, where many unfortunate vessels that sailed into this area in the past end their days on the sea floor. Visit Tndermarsk in autumn and witness the incredible spectacle of over one million starlings taking to the sky to create an impressive display, known as Black sun. Or get up close to two of Denmarks ' largest predators-harbour seal and grey seal. Listen to stories of mans relationship with the sea and how we have used natural resources, from ancient times to the present day. Or just watch the constant motion of tidal water, feel wind, watch enormous swarms of migratory birds, bottom-dwelling animals and, of course, never-ending horizon.

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The islands

Fan is located just off Esbjerg to which it is connected by ferry. The main towns on Fan are Nordby and Snderho. Other towns include Fan Vesterhavsbad and Rindby. The island is 16 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide, and has an area of 56 square kilometres. As of 2005, about 3 169 people lived there. A variety of environments is to be found on Fan. Not surprisingly, very common one is sand. The island's whole western shore is made up of beaches, and the Sea off island's northwest end is also home to sren-Jessens-Sand, vast sandbank. Fan also has heath and small pine wood. Mand is a smaller island farther south, bit farther from the mainland. It is Denmark's only Hallig, being much like the islands bearing that description among German Islands. A dike on Mand keeps the sea at bay. Much of islanders' history involves efforts to reclaim parts of their island from the sea. Rm is currently southernmost of Denmark's Wadden Sea Islands. Rm is linked to the Danish mainland by road running across the causeway, and the island also lies only about 3 kilometres from its German neighbour Sylt, to which it is connected by ferry. It is home to a number of small communities, such as Kongsmark, Sterby, Lakolk, and Snderstrand. There is also a small island among Denmark's share of archipelago called Langli, which is to be found in Ho Bugt, North of Esbjerg. It is the northernmost island in the whole group. It was once part of a peninsula whose landward stretch was washed away in storm tide centuries ago. Since then, another spit has formed to the west and now shields Langli from some of the Sea's more destructive tendencies. Langli is nowadays home to a natural science station, house in a villa built in the 20th century. Langli has an area of about 8 square kilometres and can be reached from the mainland over ebbevej that is 3 kilometres long. Jordsand and Koresand are two sandbanks in the Danish Wadden Sea. Jordsand is former Hallig.

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Outstanding Universal Value

The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world, with natural processes undisturbed throughout most of the area. The 1 143 403 ha World Heritage property encompasses a multitude of transitional zones between land, sea and freshwater environment, and is rich in species specially adapt to demanding environmental conditions. It is considered one of most important areas for migratory birds in the world, and is connected to a network of other key sites for migratory birds. Its importance is not only in the context of the East Atlantic Flyway but also in the critical role it plays in conservation of African-Eurasian migratory waterbirds. In Wadden Sea up to 6. 1 million birds can be present at the same time, and an average of 10-12 million pass through it each year. Criterion: Wadden Sea is a depositional coastline of unparalleled scale and diversity. It is distinctive in being almost entirely tidal flat and barrier system with only minor river influences, and an outstanding example of large-scale development of an intricate and complex temperate-climate sandy barrier coast under conditions of rising sea-level. Highly dynamic natural processes are uninterrupted across the vast majority of property, creating a variety of different barrier islands, channels, flats, gullies, saltmarshes and other coastal and sedimentary features. Criterion: Wadden Sea includes some of the last remaining natural large-scale intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed. Its geological and geomorphologic features are closely entwine with biophysical processes and provide an invaluable record of ongoing dynamic adaptation of coastal environments to global change. There are a multitude of transitional zones between land, sea and freshwater that are the basis for species richness of property. The productivity of biomass in the Wadden Sea is one of highest in the world, most significantly demonstrated in the numbers of fish, shellfish and birds supported by property. The property is a key site for migratory birds and its ecosystems sustain wildlife populations well beyond its borders. Criterion: coastal wetlands are not always the richest sites in relation to faunal diversity; however this is not the case for the Wadden Sea. Salt marshes host around 2 300 species of flora and fauna, and marine and brackish areas further 2 700 species, and 30 species of breeding birds. The clearest indicator of the importance of property is the support it provides to migratory birds as a staging, moulting and wintering area. Up to 6. 1 million birds can be present at the same time, and an average of 10-12 million each year pass through the property. The availability of food and low level of disturbance are essential factors that contribute to the key role of property in supporting survival of migratory species. Property is an essential stopover that enables the functioning of East Atlantic and African-Eurasian migratory flyways. Biodiversity on a worldwide scale is reliant on the Wadden Sea.

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