|Central coordinates||6o 24.00' East 53o 1.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, C3|
|Altitude||9 - 12m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description A complex of raised bogs, heathland, open water, forested areas and some improved grasslands. The site is located west of the city of Assen.
Key Biodiversity An important roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas, but no counts are available.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bean Goose Anser fabalis||winter||1991||5,193 individuals||good||A4i, B1i, C3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Fochteloërveen||Nature Reserve||1,087||protected area overlaps with site||2,302|
|Fochteloêrveen en Esmeer - NL9801007||Birds Directive||2,601||protected area contained by site||2,601|
|Huis Ter Heide||Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy||633||protected area contained by site||57|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Raised bogs||45%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||25%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||62%|
Protection status National Partial International None2,302 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Fochteloërveen, 2,302 ha). 57 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Huis ter Heide, 57 ha). 2,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Fochteloërveen, 2,500 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fochteloërveen and Lake Esmeer. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/05/2015
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