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The Maade sluice inlet into the North Sea and power station outlet ia a very good place for seagulls.

Added* by Wiebke Schäfer
Most recent update 17 January 2021


The Maadesiel is the water barrier structure, which regulates the water influence of the river "Maade" in the North Sea. The landscape around the Maadesiel is not very attractive, as it is surrounded by the oil port and a coal-fired power station. The shore of the North Sea is completely concreted in this area, so that it only serves as a habitat for Ruddy Turnstone. When the water runs off, however, a few sand / silt areas fall free on the lake side of the Maadesiel, which are suitable for bird watching. There you can especially see gulls (Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull etc.), Which like to concentrate there. There are also older records of Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull from this area. Otherwise, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Eurasian Curlew or Common Redshank like to look for food there. A little further north is the cooling water outlet of the coal-fired power plant. Many seagulls are also concentrated there. In this area along the Maade there is also a suspicion of breeding Common Rosefinch. On the sea side you can see terns (Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, etc.) very well, and under certain weather conditions even skuas.



You can park directly at Maadesiel and explore the area on foot. It is also possible to cycle along the dike, from the Jade-Weser container port in the north to the "Seefrieden" memorial in the south.

Terrain and Habitat

Mud flats , Sea



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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