After work, the region becomes a local recreation area. It’s never far to your favourite stretch of the great outdoors, whether it’s a North Sea beach, the Weser dyke, or one of the region’s many bathing lakes. Woods and heathlands, the expanse of the Wadden Sea, salt marshes and coastal forests, marshes and sandy heaths, and mysterious moors provide a variety of destinations for nature lovers and an environment for special kinds of flora and fauna too. Anyone setting out to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lower Saxony’s Wadden Sea will be rewarded with a unique experience and a rare opportunity to take a look at living creatures otherwise seldom seen. Waterfowl and meadow birds love the plentiful food on the table in the moist grassland areas, while in autumn countless flocks of migratory birds perform a magical spectacle of nature that reaches far up into the sky. Those looking for something a little more exotic can, come rain or shine, use their cameras or binoculars to marvel at water buffalo in the new Luneplate environmental reserve.