email a friend
printable version
Location Netherlands, Flevoland
Central coordinates 5o 12.00' East  52o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 510 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description An area of shallow lakes, pools, reedbeds, and Salix woodland that has developed on a polder (Zuidelijk Flevoland, reclaimed in 1968), having been spared from cultivation. The site is located to the west of the city of Almere, and adjoins Markermeer (038) in the north. This site, together with site 066, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL031) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula non-breeding  1987-1991  16,810 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  1987-1990  588 individuals  good  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1987-1991  25 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1987-1991  2,990 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  1986-1990  2,305 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1993  150 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lepelaarplassen Natural Monument 350 protected area contained by site 350  
Lepelaarplassen Nature Reserve 470 protected area contained by site 470  
Wilgenbos Nature Reserve 90 protected area contained by site 90  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  23%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  74%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National High International Partial350 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Lepelaarplassen, 350 ha). 470 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Lepelaarplassen, 470 ha). 90 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wilgenbos, 90 ha). 350 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lepelaarplassen, 350 ha).

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lepelaarplassen. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife