Walking on the seabed

The Hörnum mudflats contain a multitude of biospheres: blooming salt marshes, delicate seaweeds, and sandy tidal flats. You can enjoy them all on a hike to the oyster bank. The Wadden Sea Preservation Centre invites you to experience this World Natural Heritage Site up close

Wattwanderungen ab Hörnum mit der Schutzstation Wattenmeer
Spuren im Schlick
Die Kegelrobben sind ein fester Bestandteil des Wattenmeeres
Den Wechsel von Ebbe und Flut nennt man auch Gezeiten

The Hörnum spit is a favourite resting place for migrating birds like dunlins and knots, thousands of whom gather here in spring and autumn on their passage. At high tide you can watch their impressive aerobatic manoeuvres from the salt marsh path as they settle on the hook-shaped sandbank. They sit close together, grooming their feathers or sleeping. Terns, plovers and bar-tailed godwits are very sensitive and prefer sandbanks that are untouched by humans. On the spit you will see not just birds of passage but wading birds and waterfowl who live all year round in the Wadden Sea. Oystercatchers, redshanks and eider ducks need undisturbed resting places, and these are becoming increasingly rare. At low tide the wading and water birds return to the mudflats to search for food. At these times, without disturbing them, you can walk in the shallows to hunt for crabs, for example.

How do the tides work? How do plants survive salt water? Why is a plaice flat, and how do you catch a shore crab? What exactly is an annelid worm? And what is the connection between the Sylt Royal oyster and the blue mussel?

Join a National Park Guide on one of the Sea Preservation Centre’s famous mudflat hikes and you can have these and all your other questions answered while wading barefoot in the sea! Mudflat hikes for adults and children around the Hörnum Spit take place all the year round.

No need to book, just meet at the bus stop Hörnum Nord (North), where the hikes start. Group bookings should be made in advance, however.

Depending on the weather, from spring to autumn you can wade into the mudflats barefoot, or wear Wellington boots. It is best to wear warm outer clothing and protection against rain and sunburn.

Wattführungen – Infos und Treffpunkt

Ganzjährig finden in Hörnum Wattwanderungen für Groß und Klein um die Hörnumer Nehrung statt. Anmeldungen sind nicht nötig, der Treffpunkt ist die Bushaltestelle in Hörnum Nord. Gruppen buchen bitte eigene Termine. Je nach Wetterlage bietet es sich an, vom Frühjahr bis zum Herbst barfuss ins Watt zu gehen, ansonsten mit Gummistiefeln. Ziehen Sie sich am besten warme Oberbekleidung an und schützen Sie sich gegen gegen Regen oder Sonnenbrand.

Weitere Informationen  www.schutzstation-wattenmeer.de

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