Did you know that ...
- up to 100 lugworms
- up to 2.000 cockles
- up to 4.000 mud crabs
- up to 100,000 mudflat snails
- up to 2,500,000 sand lice
... live on one m² of ground in the Wadden Sea?
Crazy, isn't it?
You can get confused, absolutely! Juist is a particularly beautiful spot on earth and this is also shown by the official descriptions of the Wadden Sea. Sometimes we say "Wadden Sea World Heritage" and sometimes "Wadden Sea National Park"... But which is true?
Well, we asked the experts, our National Park Ranger Markus Großewinkelmann and the director of the National Park House on Juist, Jens Heyken. We are happy to share the following information with you (a little bit of bragging knowledge for those at home):
- National Park: A national park is a large protected area, which is protected from us humans and our interventions as well as pollution by certain protective measures and thus should be preserved for future generations. The Wadden Sea is so unique and so important as a habitat for animals and plants that, for example, the fast ferries are not allowed to drive super fast there or you are not allowed to just walk everywhere, only in certain zones. Since 1986, the Wadden Sea in Lower Saxony on the North Sea coast is protected as a national park.
- World Heritage Site: The Wadden Sea of Lower Saxony is not "only" a national park, but also as an internationally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site a very outstanding piece of nature (Unesco: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). So the Wadden Sea is a habitat that shows how life on earth develops and how animals and plants adapt to the conditions of the Wadden Sea. In addition, the Wadden Sea is also simply incredibly beautiful!
- Biosphere Reserve: This is an area protected by UNESCO that is representative of the community of animals and plants found here and / or has a natural feature - which the Wadden Sea definitely does!
Juist is located in the middle of the Wadden Sea. With such a location comes understanding for nature. We Juister and Juisterinnen protect our home as best we can and we ask you to help us, too. To preserve the Wadden Sea - that is our great concern, so that your children can also enjoy this breathtaking landscape for a long time to come.
Many paths and guided tours allow you to experience the Wadden Sea and to enjoy this natural spectacle respectfully: Please do not leave the marked paths and do not go into the Wadden Sea alone. Take part in a guided tour and let yourself be introduced to the secrets of the Wadden Sea. Walk along the paths on the island and learn from the display boards.