Rare black seabream in Wadden Sea

This video from Spain is about egg laying by Spondyliosoma cantharus, black seabream.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

25 October 2015

On Wednesday, September 23 Gerrit de Vries of the shrimper UQ21 caught on the Wadden Sea a small remarkable fish. Because he long ago already had caught two individuals he knew it was a black seabream. Catching a black seabream happens only very occasionally in the Wadden Sea.


The black seabream of de Vries was about 10 cm long. So it’s a youngster, because adult specimens can grow to 60 cm long. Black seabream like to be in seagrass beds or over rocky bottoms. They eat all kinds of things, from seaweed to shrimp and crabs. They are warm-water fish: in water that is colder than 7 degrees you will not see them.

Wadden Sea breeding birds and livestock, research

This video from England says about itself:

Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

‘Dancing on a pontoon’. Filmed at New Brighton, Wirral, UK, on 21st October 2014 with a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

From the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, September 2015:

Moderate livestock grazing of salt, and brackish marshes benefits breeding birds along the mainland coast of the Wadden Sea


Our study investigated how bird species richness and abundance was related to livestock grazing on salt, and brackish marshes, with an emphasis on songbirds and shorebirds. Survey areas with a high percentage cover of tall vegetation were assumed to have experienced lower livestock grazing intensities than survey areas with a low percentage cover of tall vegetation.

This relationship was verified for the tall grass Elytrigia atherica. The species richness, and abundance of birds was related to the percentage cover of tall vegetation on the survey areas. We found that total bird species richness was positively related to the percentage cover of tall vegetation. We also found that all of the investigated species, except Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), showed a positive relation to the percentage cover of tall vegetation up to a specific percentage of cover.

The abundance of investigated songbird species increased up to an intermediate percentage cover of tall vegetation, and decreased at higher percentage cover of tall vegetation, suggesting that moderate grazing of marshes may maximize the abundance of the investigated songbirds.

Abundances of Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) and Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) were positively related to the percentage cover of tall vegetation on salt marshes, but negatively related to the percentage cover of tall vegetation on brackish marshes. With intermediate livestock grazing species number, and abundance of most breeding birds can be maintained in coastal marshes. However, specific goals for management should be set before applying a grazing regime to a marsh.

Wadden Sea breeding birds, new research

This video says about itself:

Wadden Sea Flyway” phenomenon of migration and threats for birds

6 February 2014

Great video showing importance of migration routes and what we can do to make sure they are protected in the future.

BirdLife Partner Vogelbescherming Nederland (Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds) helped to produce this video along with many other organizations showing the importance of the Wadden Sea Flyway.

A new report has been published about breeding birds in the Wadden Sea area in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, from 1991 to 2013.

A few species increased then, like great cormorants, spoonbills and lesser black-backed gulls. Other species, like shelduck and Sandwich tern, were stable. Unfortunately, there was a decline in many other species, like hen harrier, avocet and black-tailed godwit. Herring gulls are down in the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea, but up in the Danish part.

Dutch Wadden Sea wildlife video

This video from the Netherlands is about the Dutch Wadden Sea and its wildlife in 2014.

Featuring birds like barnacle geese, shelduck, oystercatcher, redshank, etc.

Wadden Sea region threatened by economic plans: here.

Dutch desert island video

This video is about a Dutch ship, sailing on a summer evening to Wadden Sea desert island, or rather sandbar, Engelsmanplaat.

Mies Heerma made the video.

Dutch film on Wadden Sea on the Internet

This video is the Dutch documentary film De platte jungle (The flat jungle), by director Johan van de Keuken, from 1974. This year, it was uploaded to YouTube.

The subject of the movie is the Wadden Sea intertidal zone wetland region and its people and wildlife.

Don’t disturb migrating shorebirds, video

This is Dutch animation video, telling people not to disturb migratory shorebirds in the tidal zones of the Wadden sea region.