The population of harbour seals in the Wadden Sea area remained largely stable in 2016. Experts assume that a slight decrease in numbers may be a signal that the overall population in the area has reached its carrying capacity.
During the 2017 aerial surveys for harbour seal counts, the number of newborn harbour seal pups in the Wadden Sea registered was the highest since the first surveys in 1975.
Geomorphology and climate, habitats and communities, species, human activities, and pollution of the Wadden Sea are the main areas of analysis in the Quality Status Report 2017 (QSR).
Almost 25 participants from the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark met at Groningen University on 7-8 March to exchange information on the application of drones as a new method in counts of coastal bird colonies.
CWSS is pleased to welcome Sergio Rejado Albaina, the new Regional Flyway Coordinator for Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), to the CWSS premises!
With a 13-percent increase of counted individuals since 2017 and a steady growth for more than ten years, the grey seal has re-established a stable stock in the Wadden Sea area.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
National Park Wadden Sea Lower Saxony (D)
National Park Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein (D)
Sjon de Haan and Joke Pouliart from the Wadden Sea took part in the international workshop on "Building brand value for Marine Protected Areas with local communities" in Seoul, Korea.