Project area 2: Rikkelsbøl Kog (See map)
The 534 hectare Rikkelsbøl Kog in North Friesland is located between the Hindenburg Dam and to Herring and the Danish border all the way north in Schleswig-Holstein. The original mudflats and intensely grazed salt meadows were dammed in 1981 to provide security for the Widding Herred landscape behind the protective dike. Since then, the kettle has been completely decoupled from the influx of salt water and has evolved into a mosaic of different habitats for animal and plant species, which are used extensively. The kogen is named after the village Rikkelsbøl, which sank in 1615 and whose remains lie under the dike between Widdingherred Ny Kog and Rikkelsbøl Kog.
The embankment resulted in a marked change in the vegetation, so that typical plants in the salt meadows could now establish themselves on the former tidal surfaces. Wet moist meadows are dominant, but higher growing areas are found in the south and scattered places in the north. In the west and scattered places in the north, there are extensive reed areas, which are increasingly spreading.
Current use and care
Cattle, sheep and horses are used for landscaping from early June to late September. Through their grazing, they ensure that meadow vegetation is kept short for the benefit of the meadow birds. In larger areas, the meadows currently still need improvement.