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Location Netherlands, Noord-Holland
Central coordinates 5o 7.00' East  52o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,120 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description A complex of shallow freshwater lakes, pools and canals (former peat-workings), fens, reedbeds and swamp-forest, surrounded by improved grassland which is being converted to wet meadows and marshland. The site is located alongside the Amsterdam to Bussum railway.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1987-1991  32 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1987-1991  31 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1987-1991  3,414 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Naardermeer Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 752 protected area contained by site 752  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  17%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  43%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 94%
agriculture 20%

Protection status National High International Partial1,049 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Naardermeer, 1,049 ha). 750 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Naardermeer, 750 ha). 752 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Naardermeer, 752 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Naardermeer. Downloaded from on 01/12/2015

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