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Conservation Facts

Population: 81.75 million
Total Area: 357.12 km2
Population density: 229 per km2
National Parks: 14
“NATURA 2000” sites: 4.617 (nominated)
Protected area: 9,9%
Largest Nature reserve: NP Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer, 4.431 km2

Resident Photographers:

Theo Allofs
Ingo Arndt
Cornelia Doerr
Frank Krahmer
Florian Möllers
Claudia Müller
Konrad Wothe
Christian Ziegler
Solvin Zankl
Sandra Bartocha
Dietmar Nill
Dieter Damschen

Visiting Photographers:

Dieter Damschen
László Novák

Germany Galleries

Every year hundreds of thousands of people spend their holidays at the German North Sea coast. Many of them not realizing that they do so in the midst of Europe’s largest National Park, the Wadden Sea.

The power of the tides stirs the changes and the looks of this exceptional habitat and every living being within. The so called “Watt”, the muddy sandflats, that get exposed when the sea retreats along the northern coast of The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark are 10 times more productive than any other habitat in the world – the ultimate food source for millions of migrating waders, ducks and geese.

But as food is there all year round, the Wadden Sea is of course also a superb breeding ground for all kinds of shorebirds from Avocets to Terns.

Further south Germany hosts a mosaic of habitats from peat bogs to marshland, to hilly forests and alpine ranges.

In the west, the country is a stronghold for the beech tree in Europe, while the eastern counties from the Baltic Sea to the Bohemian forests are less populated and home to a rising number of black storks, cranes, sea-eagles, beavers and otters.
The return of the wolf and the growing population of lynx show that even in a highly industrialized country like Germany, wildlife has a chance – if we let it be.