Horumersiel - Crildumersiel

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

The Wadden Sea coast between Horumersiel and Crildumersiel may host only small patches of salt marsh, many different bird species can be observed in the area.

Added* by Andreas Michalik
Most recent update 29 January 2022


The coastal section of Horumersiel are Crildumersiel is rich in water birds and waders. Every year, many Brent Goose can be seen northeast of the port of Horumersiel. Common Eider can be located in the harbour itself, while on the stone walls outside the harbour at high tide Ruddy Turnstone and various gull species rest. During storms this place might be very useful for seewatching as such sheartwaters, skuas and Sabine's Gull have already bin observed although it is hardly practiced so far. The best place is sitting in shelter of the harbour pier. During bird migration, many Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover and Common Redshank can be observed, which gather shortly after flooding on the free-falling mudflats just south of the harbour. East of the harbour, individual Red-throated Diver and Red-breasted Merganser can be discovered in winter. The inland depression southwest of the port is interesting all year round. Various species of ducks can be seen here, as well as Goosander in winter. During high tide there are often large groups of Eurasian Curlew and Eurasian Wigeon right next to the main road. Crildumersiel, the small but easily visible flood rest area, is about three kilometers south. In addition to Common Redshank and Common Greenshank, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Eurasian Curlew , this is a very good spot to see Whimbrel from the dike. You can approach quite closely and they are used of tourists so it is worth to check the bird groups thoroughly in order to find rare species or colour-rings. It has a good list of rarities recorded with Audouin's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull , Buff-breasted Sandpiper , Terek Sandpiper, Pallid Swift being the best so far.



Easy parking near the harbour of Horumersiel. Click on the P in the map to get directions. From the parking you can walk along the Wadden Sea in the direction of Crildumersiel (3 km). Directly on the dike at Crildumersiel is a small but easily visible flood rest area. Note: For bird watching on the Wadden Sea the best time is about two hours before to two hours after high water.

Terrain and Habitat

Mud flats , Sea


Open landscape , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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