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The North Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world. Container vessels arrive from all over the planet. Also, hundreds of ferries cross the North Sea between the United Kingdom and the continent. Then there is fishing activity, recreational boating and transportation to and from wind parks and offshore platforms.

All this shipping leads to habitat loss, pollution and disturbance. It is just one of the many threats to birds caused by human activities in and around the North Sea.

Photo of a Great Cormorant, Rotterdam, the Netherlands Great Cormorant drying its wings while a containership enters the port of Rotterdam.

Photo of Dunlins and Knots, Wadden Sea, Germany Dunlins and Knots over National Park Niedersachsisches Wattenmeer at Bohrinsel. In the background the port of Emden, with a K line car carrier.

Photo of greylag Gees, Western Scheldt, the Netherlands Greylag Geese and a container vessel on the Western Scheldt, headed for the port of Antwerp in Belgium.

Photo of aHerring Gull, Seahouses, England, United Kingdom. Herring Gull in the port of Seahouses.

Common Tern, Lake Bant Tern colony, Wilhelmshaven…

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