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Location Netherlands, Noord-Brabant,Zeeland
Central coordinates 4o 12.00' East  51o 30.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,175 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A stagnant freshwater lake to the west and east of the Schelde-Rhine river connection (shipping lane), which developed after the building of the Oesterdam at the eastern end of the Oosterschelde (028) in 1986. In the south-east the site is adjacent to Lake Markiezaat (030). This site, together with sites 028 and 030, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL050) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity The site is a roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas, but no counts are available.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata non-breeding  1987-1990  708 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1987-1991  262 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B3, C2  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1987-1991  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zoommeer Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,175 protected area overlaps with site 1,175  
Zoommeer-Eendracht Natural Monument 218 protected area contained by site 218  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  82%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  18%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 70%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 24%
tourism/recreation 80%
urban/industrial/transport 20%
hunting 20%

Protection status National Partial International None218 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Zoommeer-Eendracht, 218 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zoommeer. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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