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Location Netherlands, Groningen
Central coordinates 7o 8.00' East  53o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 6,400 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland



Site description An estuary with saltmarshes and intertidal mudflats; the site includes a small artificial lagoon located just at the inland side of the dyke (Polder Breebaert). The Dollard estuary is partly located in Germany, and this site lies adjacent to the Wadden Sea (site 001) and to Emden Harbour in the German part of the Dollard.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  1991  9,960 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1991  37,292 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1990  9,188 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1991  2,807 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca non-breeding  1991  4,639 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta non-breeding  1990  1,844 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1991  207 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1990  8,864 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus non-breeding  1990  1,414 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina non-breeding  1991  21,465 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  1990-1991  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1990-1991  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Breebaert Nature Reserve 63 protected area contained by site 63  
Dollard Nature Conservation Law 4,194 protected area contained by site 4,900  
Dollard GRL Nature Reserve 345 protected area contained by site 345  
Dollard II Natural Monument 96 protected area contained by site 96  
Dollard NM Nature Reserve 3,844 protected area contained by site 3,844  
Waddenzee - NL1000001 Habitats Directive 259,214 protected area contains site 6,400  
Waddenzee - NL9801001 Birds Directive 272,027 protected area contains site 6,400  
Waddenzee (Wadden Sea) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 249,998 protected area overlaps with site 6,400  
Waddenzee I Natural Monument 125,000 protected area overlaps with site 1,341  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 20%
hunting 20%
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation 50%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National High International High4,900 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Dollard, 4,900 ha). 96 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Dollard II, 96 ha). 1,341 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Waddenzee I, 125,000 ha). 63 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Breebaert, 63 ha). 345 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Dollard GRL, 345 ha). 3,844 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Dollard NM, 3,844 ha). 6,337 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Waddenzee, `250,000 ha' [official, incorrect figure]). 6,337 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Waddenzee, `250,000 ha' [official, incorrect figure]).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dollard. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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