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Location Netherlands, Friesland
Central coordinates 5o 46.00' East  53o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3
Area 1,670 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A complex of freshwater lakes (former peat-workings), wet meadows and marshland, located east of the city of Sneek. The site is adjacent to Terkaplesterpoelen and Akmarijp (059), and belongs to the same water-management unit as Lake Witte and Zwarte Brekken (060). This site, together with site 059, formed part of a larger site (former site NL022) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity This is an important roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas. Waterbird numbers quoted are rough estimates.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1979-1989  15,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1979-1989  5,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1979-1989  15,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata non-breeding  1979-1989  500 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sneekermeer Nature Reserve 564 protected area contained by site 564  
Sneekermeer/Goengarijpsterpoelen/Terkaplesterpoelen en Akmarijp Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,300 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 65%
water management 100%
hunting 5%
nature conservation and research 34%
tourism/recreation 90%
agriculture 30%

Protection status National Partial International None564 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Sneekermeer, 564 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Sneekermeer and Goingarijp. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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