Arial photo of the island Mellum
Photo: Mellumrat e.V.

Bird island in the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea

The sampling area Mellum covers the entire island of Mellum. It lies in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea in the area of the mudflat watershed of the rivers Jade and Weser. Mellum is a relatively young dune island of about 6 km2 size, which is not inhabited. As part of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park it is subject to strict environmental regulations.

The island is characterized by dunes and salt marshes. It is one of the most important resting and breeding grounds of many coastal birds in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea.

Under the ESB programme, Mellum is a sampling site for eggs of herring gulls.



Sampling period

1988 - 2023

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