The Wadden Sea as National Park is known internationally as one of the most important resting habitats for birds, especially waders, on migration. The Jadebusen is a big bay, where the German Wadden Sea reaches one of its southernmost extension. The bay character gives the Jadebusen some features, that cannot be found at the open coastline. The Jadebusen-bay is a bit sheltered from big waves, what leads to the formation of very wide saltmarsh and saltmarsh meadows in front of the dike. this area is one of those really wide saltmarshes. Meadow breeding birds like the Common Redshank, Snipe and the Eurasian Oystercatcher, but also many Meadow Pipit can be observed during the breeding time. During Winter Twite, Snow Bunting, Rock Pipit or geese like Barnacle Goose and Brent Goose can be observed. A nice boardwalk allows the access to the saltmarsh, otherwise the view from the dike also gives a good overview.
There are parking spots near Wilhelmshaven, Cäciliengroden and Dangast. The best way to explore the area is going by bike beside the dike. There is a bike-way at the landside of the dike over the whole distance. During the Summertime most of the way seaside of the dike is forbidden to bike due to disturbance to sheep. During biking, you can make small stops and go onto the dike.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Grassland, Sea
ConditionsFlat, No shadow, High water possible, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Consider the tide, as the birds spread over the whole Jadebusen during low tide, but are pushed towards the coastline during high tide. So high tide is best! This area is part of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.
The Dangaster Binnenpütte is a tide independent wetland habitat at the landside of the dike. If you follow the dike after Dangast the saltmarsh continues basically over the whole Jadebusen coast. Nice Places to access the saltmarsh are Vareler Hafen, Schweiburg and "Schwimmendes Moor" near Sehestedt. Another place, that is really worth to go birding is the Kleientnahmepütten "Alter Wapeler Groden".