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Location Netherlands, Drenthe,Groningen
Central coordinates 6o 26.00' East  53o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 1,450 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A freshwater lake located south-west of the city of Groningen, surrounded by reedbeds, peat-bogs and pastures.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1986-1990  20,415 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1990  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Leekstermeer (Dr) Nature Reserve 587 protected area contained by site 587  
Leekstermeer (Gr) Nature Reserve 37 protected area contained by site 37  
Leekstermeer GRL Nature Reserve 150 protected area contained by site 150  
Leekstermeergebied Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,450 protected area overlaps with site 1,450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  31%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 26%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 97%
tourism/recreation 31%

Protection status National High International None587 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Leekstermeer (Dr), 587 ha). 37 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Leekstermeer (Gr), 37 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Leekstermeer GRL, 150 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Leekstermeer. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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