National Park of Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft
Welcome to the largest national park in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
|Between the Darss-Zingst Peninsula, the Isle of Hiddensee and the west coast of the Isle of Ruegen lies one of the few still unspoiled and natural large scale landscapes in Central Europe. The characteristic landscape of this coastal region is the result of natural coastal development and human activity over the centuries. The landscape was basically formed during the last Ice Age.|
|After enormous ice masses thawed the Baltic Sea rose and reached its present level 5 - 6000 years ago. The land was partially flooded and ridges were left behind asislands.Since then the sea, the wind and pounding waves have been changing the terrain in a continuous process. Land has been eroded from one place and deposited in another to form a unique labdscape and living conditions.|
|There are extensive shallow water regions in the National Park which are home to many invertebrates such as worms and shellfish. These in turn are a source of nourishment to countless birds of passage. The shallows are well known as the most important roost for cranes in Central Europe.|
|It is the aim of the forestry authorities to turn the existing woodlands into forests. There are already large tracts of natural woodland in the nucleus of the National Park which could develop again if further exploitation of the wood ceases.|
brakes are developing in the marshy hollows between the sea barrages and
the dunes; these are the conditions needed by amphibians for spawning.
Another important type of terrain is the reed flats which grow along the length of the Boddenküste like fences.
They are interrupted in places by extensive salt flats which are
|periodically flooded, for instance the islands of Ummanz and Kirr. The inaccessible and therefore unexplored reed flats are home to some very shy species of birds such as the reed warbler, reed kite, redshank, curlew, coot and other water birds which favour the colour salt flats as their last safe habitat.|
|Hiddensee is the largest island in the National Park and preserves with the sandflats an old cultivated landscape of singular beauty which is a paradise for insects and plants which also now need special consideration. The large recent land formations in the northeast and south of Hiddensee which have been "fed" by sand, gravel and stones carried from the steep coast of the northern point rank among the most natural areas and are especially carefully protected.|
|As well as being a nature reserve the National Park also serves as a leisure retreat for visitors. There is an extensive network of cycle and footpaths with vistas offering a superb view over the countryside and the prospect of a very enjoyable ramble through the National Park.|
|For information on the National Park please contact the foregoing address.|
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