Kirr Island and its intact tideway system are remarkable. The vast meadows of common saltmarsh grass provide shelter to numerous endemic and endangered species, like the Dunlin or Pied Avocet. Naturefund partnered with the National Park Office of Western Pomerania to start a new project to purchase, protect & perserve the territory on Kirr Island. And we did it! Thanks to the help of 367 sponsors, we can now preserve the home many important species. THANK YOU for your generosity! more
Start: April 2019
Kirr Island is the most famous salt grassland island in the National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft. In the lagoon landscape of the Baltic Sea, Kirr Island is located in a sea tongue between the mainland coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the peninsula Fischland-Darß-Zingst. The flat island raises only a few inches above the water level of the bay in wide areas.
Kirr Island alone is 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide and covers 370 hectares, which is equivalent to 3,700,000 square meters. The largest part of the island already belongs to the National Park. Nevertheless, about 1/4 of the island is privately owned - which equates to 108,750 m²!
Our partner in this endeavor is the Department of the National Park Vorpommern. As Lower Nature Conservation and Forestry Authority, the Department is directly allocated to the State Administration of Mecklenburg Vorpommern. In addition to the National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft, the Department of the National Park also manages the Jasmund National Park.