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Location Netherlands, Overijssel
Central coordinates 5o 55.00' East  52o 47.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 3,470 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description An area of ponds and canals (former peat-workings), fens, reedbeds, swampy woodland and wet meadows, located to the west of the city of Steenwijk. The site is situated close to site 063, and lies adjacent to De Wieden (065) with which it formed a single site (the former site NL027) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989). Human activities include tourism and commercial reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris resident  1987-1991  12 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1990-1994  2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Weerribben National Park 3,500 protected area contained by site 3,450  
De Weerribben Nature Reserve 3,115 protected area contained by site 3,115  
Weerribben Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,400 protected area contained by site 3,400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  33%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  47%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
other 25%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
water management 100%
hunting 60%
nature conservation and research 90%
tourism/recreation 32%

Protection status National High International High3,115 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Weerribben, 3,115 ha). 3,450 ha of IBA covered by National Park (De Weerribben, 3,450 ha). 3,400 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Weerribben, 3,400 ha). 3,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (De Weerribben, 3,400 ha).

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

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