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Location Netherlands, Flevoland,Gelderland
Central coordinates 5o 40.00' East  52o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6
Area 3,390 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A freshwater lake, bounded in the north-west by the dyke of Oostelijk Flevoland polder (reclaimed in 1957) and in the south-east by the mainland. There are extensive though narrow reedbeds along the mainland coast. The site lies adjacent to Lake Drontermeer (041) in the north and to Lake Wolderwijd (043) in the south-east (with sluices at both sides). Sand extraction occurs. This site, together with site 043, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL032) 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 numbers are poorly covered by counts. The average seasonal peak number of waterbirds during 1992-1996 was more than 20,000.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1989-1992  1,220 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Veluwemeer Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,150 protected area overlaps with site 3,150  
Veluwemeer en Wolderwijd - NL2003048 Habitats Directive 1,820 protected area overlaps with site 3,371  
Veluwerandmeren Nature Reserve 26 protected area contained by site 26  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  97%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
water management 100%
tourism/recreation 85%
urban/industrial/transport 30%
hunting 20%

Protection status National Low International None26 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Veluwerandmeren, 26 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Veluwemeer. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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