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UNESCO awarded this special distinction to the approximately 400-kilometre-long coastal strip that stretches from the Dutch island of Texel to the northern tip of Sylt. The mudflat Sea, which covers about 10,000 square kilometres, is one of the largest wetlands on earth and a globally unique natural landscape with a fascinating animal and plant world. Grey seals, harbour seals and crabs are at home in the mudflat Sea, and about 10 million migratory birds rest here every year. And 2300 different animal and plant species live in the salt marshes. A habitat that must be protected at all costs.
The UNESCO designation for the mudflat Sea is not only a great honour, but also carries with it the responsibility to protect this unique habitat. The importance of the mudflat Sea ecosystem for many animals and plants is something that even the youngest children should learn. For this reason, the "Blue Classroom" is held annually in Cuxhaven. For this purpose, an extracurricular learning site is set up on the beach (a tent near the rescue station at the Kugelbake lido). The marine world is explained to children aged three to twelve in an understandable and exciting way. Ecological awareness is promoted, current environmental problems are questioned and at the same time environmental pollution is pointed out.