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Location Netherlands, Gelderland,Utrecht
Central coordinates 5o 40.00' East  51o 57.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C4, C6
Area 2,480 ha
Altitude 8 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

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.

Key Biodiversity 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  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 areas

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 - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  72%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
water management 100%
hunting 25%
nature conservation and research 18%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 20%

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rijn: Heteren-Amerongen. Downloaded from on 01/04/2015

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