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Location Netherlands, Flevoland,Gelderland
Central coordinates 5o 35.00' East  52o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Area 2,750 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A freshwater lake, bounded on the northern and western sides by the dykes of the polders Oostelijk and Zuidelijk Flevoland (reclaimed in 1957 and 1968), and in the south-east by the mainland. The site lies adjacent to Lake Veluwemeer (042) in the north-east, and to Lake Nijkerkernauw (connected to Eemmeer, 045) in the south (with sluices at both sides), and is also adjacent to Polder Arkemheen (075) in the south. Sand extraction occurs. This site, together with site 042, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL032) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1987-1992  205 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Veluwemeer en Wolderwijd - NL2003048 Habitats Directive 1,820 protected area overlaps with site 633  
Wolderwijd en Nuldernauw Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,600 protected area overlaps with site 2,600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  97%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 90%
water management 100%
tourism/recreation 28%
urban/industrial/transport 20%

Protection status National None International None

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

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