Photo of Ringed Plovers, Calais, France

Ships and birds

The North Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world. Container vessels arrive from all over the planet. Also, hundreds of ferries cross the North Sea between the United Kingdom and the continent. Then there is fishing activity, recreational boating and transportation to and from wind parks and offshore platforms.

All this shipping leads to habitat loss, pollution and disturbance. It is just one of the many threats to birds caused by human activities in and around the North Sea.

Photo of a Great Cormorant, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Great Cormorant drying its wings while a containership enters the port of Rotterdam.
Photo of Dunlins and Knots, Wadden Sea, Germany
Dunlins and Knots over National Park Niedersachsisches Wattenmeer at Bohrinsel. In the background the port of Emden, with a K line car carrier.
Photo of greylag Gees, Western Scheldt, the Netherlands
Greylag Geese and a container vessel on the Western Scheldt, headed for the port of Antwerp in Belgium.
Photo of aHerring Gull, Seahouses, England, United Kingdom.
Herring Gull in the port of Seahouses.
Common Tern, Lake Bant Tern colony, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Photo of Ringed Plovers, Calais, France
Ringed Plovers on the North Sea beach near Calais. In the background, a ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk.
Photo of Cormorants, Wadden Sea, the Netherlands
Great Cormorants on a warning buoy in the Wadden Sea near a military shooting range.
Photo of a Lesser Black-backed Gull, Texel, the Netherlands
Lesser Black-backed Gull on the ferry between Den Helder and Texel, the Netherlands.
Photo of a Common Tern, Cuxhaven, Germany.
Common Tern in the port of Cuxhaven, Germany.
Photo of Oystercatchers, Wester Scheldt, the Netherlands
Oystercatchers in nature reserve Voorland bij Nummer Een. In the background a freighter on the Wester Scheldt on its way to Antwerp.
Photo of Great Black-backed Gulls on Plage du Braek outside the port of Dunkirk, France.
Great Black-backed Gulls on Plage du Braek outside the port of Dunkirk. In the background a freighter leaving the port of Dunkirk.
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