The Oder Delta, spreading between the border of Poland and Germany, is a unique region. It is strategically located on one of the ecological crossroads in Europe being one of the most exciting wild areas in north-central Europe. The vast natural areas are mainly taken care of by nature itself and wildlife has begun to thrive in more natural densities.
Located on the Baltic coast of Poland and Germany, the exciting Oder Delta is a unique and wild region boasting a rich mosaic of terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. Like the Rhodope Mountains, it is strategically located at one of Europe’s great ecological crossroads.
The Oder Delta “big seven” charismatic species – the white-tailed eagle, European bison, beaver, elk, wolf, Atlantic sturgeon and grey seal – are some of the main attractions for guests.
Today wildlife has begun to thrive in more natural densities in the Oder Delta, with uncontrolled natural processes reshaping the environment.
A new wilder landscape is beginning to take shape in the delta, with ever more diverse and abundant wildlife playing its ecological role with minimum human intervention.
The flooding of former polders along the Peene River on the German side has created exciting stretches of new wild nature - now discoverable on foot or by solar boat and canoe.
The immense natural value of the area can be seen in the fact that two-thirds of all land and water are set aside for nature conservation and rewilding.
The Oder Delta is becoming increasingly well-known as a rewilding area and prominent nature tourism destination. Rewilding Europe is developing a network of local wilderness guides, wildlife watching tours and hides, lodging and other nature-based enterprises that are creating jobs and burgeoning support for rewilding.
Funded by the Krombacher Brewery Species Conservation Project, the Oder Delta team is working with partners to boost biodiversity in the delta by improving habitats. In Germany the eagle is one of the rarest breeding bird species, with only about 100 breeding pairs left in the northeastern part of the country, most of them in the Oder Delta rewilding area and its surroundings. Nest protection shields were also installed to protect eagle nests against predation in order to boost breeding success.
The Rewilding Oder Delta team is now working to restore fish populations and fish migration in the Stettin Lagoon and associated rivers, in collaboration with local communities and the State Office for Agriculture and the Environment in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Activities, which focus on rivers in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district, include the rewilding of river banks, the restoration of natural hydrodynamics, the removal of obstacles to support fish migration, and the re-wetting of areas adjacent to waterways.