|Central coordinates||5o 55.00' East 52o 47.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B2, C6|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
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).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris||resident||1991||12 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Spotted Crake Porzana porzana||breeding||1994||2 breeding pairs||good||C6||Least Concern|
|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|
|Weerribben - NL2000013||Birds Directive||3,316||protected area contained by site||3,316|
|Weerribben - NL9801013||Habitats Directive||3,383||protected area contained by site||3,383|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest||33%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||47%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||20%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||90%|
Management considerations The main threats are posed by commercial reed-harvesting (`Other' threat, above), and by nutrient pollution of wetlands by agricultural and industrial/urban discharges. A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.
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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