New island appears off coast of Germany

A new island the size of 34 acres and providing sanctuary for hundreds of sea birds has emerged from the waters of the North Sea.

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A new island the size of 34 acres and providing sanctuary for hundreds of sea birds has emerged from the waters of the North Sea.
A new island has emerged from the waters of the North Sea off the German coast Photo: Alamy

Despite its youthful age the sickle-shaped island lying 16 miles off the coast of the German state of Schleswig Holstein is already home to around 50 different plant species and proved popular with sea birds such as herring gulls and oyster catchers, eager to take advantage of its unspoilt and pristine environment.

Formed over just 10 years, the rapid appearance of the island has surprised scientists familiar with the strong winds and shifting shifts that characterise Germany’s North Sea coast.

“The fact that in just a few years a new island is formed is very impressive,” said Detlef Hansen, who works at the neighbouring Wadden Sea National Park. “For conservationists this is anything but ordinary.”

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