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Location Netherlands, Noord-Holland
Central coordinates 5o 2.00' East  52o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 1,250 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A polder complex comprising improved grassland, wet meadows and ditches with some water-fringe vegetation, adjoining Markermeer (038) in the east.

Key Biodiversity The mean total number of waterbirds in January exceeds 20,000.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1989-1993  15,256 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1993  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Groote Braak (Braken IJsselmeerdijk) Nature Reserve 14 protected area overlaps with site 10  
Zeevang Nature Reserve 202 protected area contained by site 202  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
water management 100%
hunting 15%
nature conservation and research 17%
urban/industrial/transport 7%

Protection status National Partial International None10 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Groote Braak (Braken IJsselmeerdijk), 14 ha). 202 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Zeevang, 202 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Polder Zeevang. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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