|Central coordinates||5o 40.00' East 51o 57.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6|
|Altitude||8 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information The average seasonal peak number of waterbirds during 1992-1996 was more than 20,000.
Site description A 22-km long stretch of the River Rhine (Rijn), close to Gelderse Poort (048), between the villages of Heteren and Amerongen (industry plants excluded). The site includes the river channel and surrounding flood-plain, the latter being mainly used for dairy farming, and is bounded by the winter dykes.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus||winter||1988||320 individuals||medium||A4i, B1i, B2, C2||Least Concern|
|Corncrake Crex crex||breeding||1991||3 breeding pairs||good||C6||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii, C4|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Amerongse Bovenpolder||Nature Reserve||120||protected area contained by site||120|
|Amerongse Bovenpolder - NL2003004||Habitats Directive||53||protected area contained by site||53|
|Blauwe Kamer||Nature Reserve||110||protected area contained by site||110|
|Neder-Rijn - NL9802038||Birds Directive||3,258||protected area contains site||2,480|
|Plassewaard||Nature Reserve||39||protected area contained by site||39|
|Veluwe - NL3009017||Birds Directive||93,052||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Veluwe - NL9801023||Habitats Directive||91,454||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Wageningse Uiterwaarden||Nature Reserve||214||protected area contained by site||214|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation||26%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||72%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||18%|
Management considerations The main threats are agricultural intensification (on the river forelands) and pollution by agricultural and industrial discharges.
Protection status National Partial International None120 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Amerongse Bovenpolder, 120 ha). 110 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Blauwe Kamer, 110 ha). 39 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Plassewaard, 39 ha). 214 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wageningse Uiterwaarden, 214 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rijn: Heteren-Amerongen. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2013
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