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Location Netherlands, Friesland
Central coordinates 5o 55.00' East  52o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Area 1,920 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description An area of small ponds and canals (former peat-workings) interspersed with fens, reedbeds, swampy woodland and wet meadows, and located south of the city of Heerenveen, near to De Weerribben (064). Human activities include reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).

Key Biodiversity A 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
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1979-1989  200 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rottige Meenthe Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,130 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other 25%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 65%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
agriculture 25%
hunting 40%

Protection status National Partial International None459 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Brandemeer, 459 ha). 798 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Rottige Meenthe, 798 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rottige Meenthe and Brandemeer. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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