17km beach walk ...

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Juist is an island on the move!

As the whole island is a sand bar the wind and tide cause the island to move continually, the sea around causes sand banks and channels to move almost over night in big storms ...

We took a long walk to the western edge of the island to a small place called Bill.

Bill is northern German dialect word for 'butt' and 'end'.

At the western end there is a large sandbank, called the "Billreef". It looks absolutely empty like a sand desert. But with a binos, especially during bird migration time, large flocks of birds will rest on the island, up to 30,000 at one time. They have a long way to go - for example from Tamyr peninsula in Siberia and to Africa. Their break in the Wadden Sea is absolutely essential, because these birds need to eat a lot of food in the shortest time possible to move on quickly.

That's why Billreef is a natural reserve.

The beachs and the dunes are eroded by the sea in the western part of Juist.

The edge of the dunes moves about five meters to the south each winter. Things like this happen on every East Frisian island - some islands moved so far that the town had to be rebuilt several times. Every island except Juist have big concrete groynes at their western end.

Bill is also special .. there is a lovely tea house here that sells delicious Ostfriesian tea and a special bread of fruit - it comes in a huge wedge and served with as much butter again!"  totally delicious

we top up and enjoy some music as there is a musci festival on.

Ling meets a horse for the first time ... not sure she knows what to make of it!

But its funny watching her with the kids and this funny new animal ... Im sleepy in the sun but we have a long walk back

Another 8km till we are back in Juist...... 
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