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The Baltic island of Rügen, Germany's largest, is joined to the mainland by a causeway and is a very popular tourist area in summer. However, Rügen has excellent breeding birds, particularly in the west, with large numbers of Common Crane and geese in autumn.

There are several nature reserves as well as the Jasmund National Park on the east coast. The northern tip, Kap Arkona, is good for migrants.


Notable Species

Udarser Wiek on Rügen is a traditional stopover for more than 25,000 Common Crane during September and October and also attracts waterfowl in good numbers.

The Nonnensee, northwest of Bergen, is another excellent area with grebes and Great Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall and Common Teal, Common Pochard and Tufted Duck.

Red Kite, Common Buzzard, European Honey Buzzard and Common Kestrel are among the raptors present on Rügen and White-tailed Eagle can also be seen wandering from breeding sites on neighbouring Usedom.

A wide range of waders occur both as breeding birds and on passage and the seabirds include Caspian Tern which breeds on the nearby island of Heuwiese and can be seen off Rügen.


Birds you can see here include:

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, White Stork, Mute Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, Taiga Bean Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, European Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Osprey, Common Kestrel, Northern Hobby, Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Common Crane, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Pied Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Ruff, Dunlin, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Tern, Stock Dove, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, European Turtle Dove, Common Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Common Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Skylark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Northern House Martin, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Common Wren, Dunnock, Thrush Nightingale, Eurasian Robin, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Common Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Common Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, European Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Treecreeper, Short-toed Treecreeper, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Common Jay, Common Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Northern Raven, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Linnet, Common Rosefinch, Common Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting

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History and Use

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Areas of Interest

The 3,000ha Jasmund National Park with its spectacular chalk cliffs lies to the north of Sassnitz in the east of Rügen and has breeding Thrush Nightingale,Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler and Red-backed Shrike.

Kap Arkona has breeding Scarlet Rosefinch.

Access and Facilities

The island is reached via a causeway from Stralsund and the main centre is the town of Bergen. As a popular tourist destination Rügen has a wide variety of accommodation with many hotels, holiday centres and campsites.

On the western side near Gingst there is a bridge to the island of Ummanz, the eastern side of which overlooks the Udarser Wiek.

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Rügen Island

Content and images originally posted by Steve