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Location Netherlands, Zeeland
Central coordinates 3o 44.00' East  51o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 3,010 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A 20-km long brackish lake (formerly part of the Oosterschelde estuary, closed off in 1961) with sandbanks and small islands, and surrounded by wet meadows, improved grassland, arable land and some forestry plantations.

Key Biodiversity An important roost for tens of thousands of geese Anser (although there are few counts), and for thousands of waders from Oosterschelde (028) at high water.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1988-1990  2,175 individuals  good  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1988-1991  173 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator winter  1987-1991  1,383 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra non-breeding  1988-1991  22,783 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1987-1991  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  1991  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Goudplaat Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 85 protected area contained by site 108  
Middelplaten Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 315 protected area contained by site 286  
Veerse Meer Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,575 protected area overlaps with site 2,575  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  74%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 8%
fisheries/aquaculture 74%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 13%
tourism/recreation 84%
hunting 10%

Protection status National Partial International None108 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Goudplaat, 108 ha). 286 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Middelplaten, 286 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Veersemeer. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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