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Vilm in the course of the year 2010

Vilm is in the Arctic…

…that is the impression you get when observing the current weather conditions. Temperatures continuously below 0°C, permanent snow coverage – and the lagoon between the isles of Vilm and Rügen is frozen up since weeks!

Dramatic events take place: A fight between two European Otters (Lutra lutra), after which you could see pawprints with blood in the snow – swans have to die if they do not leave the freezing water in time – crows stand together to fight the cold jointly – White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) are seen more often…


Marks of different users of the island
Marks of different users of the island

The calls of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) and Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are regularly heard in this time of the year
The calls of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) and Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are regularly heard in this time of the year

For the biodiversity of the Isle of Vilm the ice conditions mean that after three warmer winters now there is a walkable connection to the Isle of Rügen, so deer and foxes (and associated plant seeds) can get in contact with fellows on Rügen and/or other isles, or the mainland.

For the staff of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the route to Vilm is not necessarily walkable – they come to work by an icebreaking tugboat everyday now. This is a ship with a strong body and powerful engine.


In the houses of the International Academy for Nature Conservation the first seminars of the year take place
In the houses of the International Academy for Nature Conservation the first seminars of the year take place
At the beginning of the year it is still very dark when the tugboat starts towards Vilm
At the beginning of the year it is still very dark when the tugboat starts towards Vilm
In the morning you can only see a few lights on Vilm in the darkness
In the morning you can only see a few lights on Vilm in the darkness
The sun rises on Vilm
The sun rises on Vilm

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