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Location Netherlands, Drenthe,Friesland
Central coordinates 6o 24.00' East  53o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 3,830 ha
Altitude 9 - 12m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  1988-1991  5,193 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fochteloërveen Nature Reserve 1,087 protected area overlaps with site 2,302  
Huis Ter Heide Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 633 protected area contained by site 57  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  20%
Shrubland Heathland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  45%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
water management 100%
nature conservation and research 62%
forestry 10%
hunting 20%

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Fochteloërveen and Lake Esmeer. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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