New island rises off German coast

Dozens of species of plants have been detected on a new island that has appeared off the German coast. File photo / thinkstock
Dozens of species of plants have been detected on a new island that has appeared off the German coast. File photo / thinkstock

An island the size of 25 football pitches has appeared seemingly out of nowhere off the coast of Germany.

The landmass, which is composed of sandbanks, gradually emerged from the violent waters of the North Sea over the past few years.

It lies 15 miles off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north in a stretch of coastline known as the Wattenmeer, a marine national park.

Nature lovers and yachstmen noticed the appearance of Bird Island - named after the seabirds who rest, nest or feed on the sand dunes that are up to 16ft high.

Winds blew seeds from across Europe, and 49 species of plants have been detected on it.

Detlef Hansen, head of the national park, said: "This is, for us conservationists, anything but ordinary."

- DAILY MAIL

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