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Location Netherlands, Friesland
Central coordinates 5o 32.00' East  52o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4
Area 2,160 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A large freshwater lake with sparse water-fringe vegetation and surrounding wet meadows, located to the south-west of the city of Sneek, and close to Lake Oudegaasterbrekken (061). This site, together with site 061, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL017) 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  25,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis winter  1981-1989  7,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1989  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Samenvoeging Nature Reserve 124 protected area contained by site 124  
Fluessen/Vogelhoek/Morra Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,100 protected area overlaps with site 2,100  
It Skar en Feandyk Nature Reserve 83 protected area overlaps with site 30  
Vogelhoek, Buitenlanden en Eilanden Fluessen Nature Reserve 126 protected area contained by site 126  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  82%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  18%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 77%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 12%
tourism/recreation 87%
agriculture 15%
hunting 50%

Protection status National Partial International None124 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Samenvoeging, 124 ha). 30 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (It Skar en Feandyk, 83 ha). 126 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Vogelhoek, Buitenlanden en Eilanden Fluessen, 126 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Fluessen, Vogelhoek and Morra. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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