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The wadden sea - restaurant for 15 million birds

Who knew that a light-bellied brent goose flying in the whole eight kilometres altitude, when it sets the exchange rate against the southern hemisphere?

You would think that less could do it. But knortegåsen prefer – as pilots, incidentally, is also do – to move in the higher altitudes to reduce drag and consume as little liquid as possible.

Many of the less migratory species, just as also to lie in the five kilometer or less. To, in turn, keeps more of them in the air without rest and pause for about five days.

This is just some of the exciting information you can get by visiting the Vadehavscentrets exhibition on ’the migratory bird wadden sea’.

The Danish part of the Wadden sea, which stretches from Ho Bay in the north to Tønder in the south, as also – from both a macroscopic and microscopic point of view – an amazing experience.

the Sea is both the rest area and pantry for the 15 million migratory birds, which every year is moving along the eastern atlantic migratory route.

the Wadden sea is a beautiful sight at all times of the day, but it comes to be able to his tidevandstabel, when you move around in the area. Photo: Claus Jessen
It is in the Wadden sea , that the birds build their stores of fat up and get a fuel refueled for the long journey south.

A visit to the wadden sea centre provides a fast, manageable and exciting insight in the circuit between the fauna and animals found in the Wadden sea. We can study the important algae in the microscope, see movies on migratory birds and the Wadden sea's largest predators – the seal, clapping a plaice at the back or study the crabs, dashing off over the banks of oysters and mussels.

You can as a guest even get the opportunity to stick your head down in a tub of water and measure its pulse. It turns out namely, that a point is not much difference between a human and a seal in submerged condition. None of the parties can breathe under water, and the heart rate drops immediately to reduce the oxygen consumption.

At the test subject in the wadden sea centre went the pulse as also from 71 to 43. the
In both people and seals in diminishing the pulse, when the head comes under the water. How much you have the opportunity even to measure. Photo: Claus Jessen
the museum absolute strengths is that it is both for children and adults. Inside and out, there is space to play and study nature's ingenuity.

Two times a day, there are, respectively, the ebb and flow of the Wadden sea. The moon's attraction and the earth's centrifugal force controls the battle. However, particularly at low tide – so when the water has receded – there is much to study out on the exposed mudflats.

the wadden sea centre arranges various trips out there. You must be good at walking and have a thorough knowledge of the local area for themselves to move out in the Wadden sea. the
Exhibition 'migratory bird wadden sea' is well worth a visit for both children and adults. Photo: Claus Jessen
Several tourists through the years been shocked by the speed and force of the water increases. And each year, there are damaged cars pulled up out of the sea, because the owners have misjudged the distance to the mainland.

the wadden sea centre is located right next to the Låningsvejen, which leads out to the small vadehavsø Mandø.

living on about 30 people on the island.

There is a possibility to be transported to Mandø with traktorbussen.

You can also drive yourself, if you mind you can both the bell and know the tidal table.

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An architectural gem

In its design, the museum is inspired by the viking style of the building. It falls beautifully into nature, where there is also plenty to explore in. Photo: Claus Jessen
Architect Dorte Mandrup has with the wadden sea centre created an architectural pearl, which glides beautifully and unobtrusively into the wild. The inspiration is probably downloaded in the viking building style. The materials consists among other things of 25,000 bundles of reeds from the Fjord and Ringkøbing Fjord. In addition, 34 kilometers robinialister.

Inside, the centre is built strictly stylistic and minimalist. It provides a light and open experience. In turn, the number of exhibits is limited. At times one can get the feeling that it is the architecture that controls the narrative.

all in All, a visit to the wadden sea centre, however, definitely recommended for both large and small.

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Lots of excursions

the Seals enjoying life by the Wadden sea. Photo: Morten Langkilde/Ritzau Scanpix
the wadden sea centre arrange at extra cost a variety of various trips out in the Wadden sea and the area around the centre in the course of a calendar year. The tours have different topics and content. It can be recommended to study the centre's website under the heading 'guided tours.'

Here is just a small selection of the various tours:

First theory at the centre. Then to Mandø with traktorbussen. 2.5 kilometers on foot across the ocean floor to sælbanken. Here is typically about 200 seals and resting.

All participants must be able to walk at least 6 miles without difficulty.

Between 100,000 and 300,000 starlings darkens the sky in their dance of life and death. Starlings form beautiful formations in order to protect themselves against rovfuglene. Naturvejlederne follows the starlings in the days leading up to the trip and do their best to find stærenes rest at night. However, there are no guarantees when it comes to nature.

Collect seasonal berries and herbs and make your own snaps. On the trip along the salt marsh and the orchard behind the dikes tells naturvejlederen on the old medicinal plants and the small animals and birds that pop up along the way.

This excursion is applicable to Northern europe's largest bird of prey the white-tailed eagle. It floats over the mud flats and is on the eternal lookout for prey, it can crack down on. If the white-tailed eagle absent, tells naturvejlederen about the other birds in the Wadden sea. Driving in own car to some of the Wadden best fuglelokaliteter.

After the tour there is the opportunity to experience Vadehavscentrets exhibition 'migratory bird wadden sea'.

This safari out to muslingebankerne is one of the most talked about. There are oysters everywhere on the banks. In addition, the beautiful landscapes and this trip. The museum will provide the waders. It is a requirement that you are healthy and in good shape. the
It is quite an experience to collect his own oysters. Photo: Mik Eskestad/Ritzau Scanpix
the Hike involves around six kilometers on the seabed, of which about two miles are through water - possibly up to the navel. You must be at least one and a half metres high and effortlessly be able to go eight miles.

First, the trip across the ocean floor, where the food is assembled into. It may be traveling, crabs, shellfish and seaweed. Plants in the country is also collected. Naturvejlederen tells what to look for to find the animals and plants.

the Tour concludes with a bonfire-food with the raw materials that are collected. The walk is approximately 3.5 kilometres.

Worth knowing

located on the Okholmvej 5 in Vester Vedsted, south of Ribe. (Rate on a private drive)

is from 1. may - 30. september from pm. 10.00 - 17.00. 1. October - 30. april from pm. 10.00 - 16.00.

Adults dkk 100, children 50 bucks.

75 44 61 61

the wadden sea centre.dk

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