|Central coordinates||6o 26.00' East 53o 11.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description A freshwater lake located south-west of the city of Groningen, surrounded by reedbeds, peat-bogs and pastures.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons||winter||1990||20,415 individuals||good||A4i, B1i, C3||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1990||-||unknown||A4iii, C4|
|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|
|Leekstermeergebied - NL9802041||Birds Directive||1,552||protected area contains site||1,450|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||31%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||65%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||97%|
Management considerations The hunting of geese Anser during the winter, and recreational activities during summer and autumn, disturb birds. A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.
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 (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Leekstermeer. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2013
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