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Location Netherlands, Limburg,Noord-Brabant
Central coordinates 5o 49.00' East  51o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3, C6
Area 1,350 ha
Altitude 27 - 29m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description The area contains remnant fragments of a raised bog (formerly 30,000 ha in extent), and includes pools, peatlands, marshes, swampy Betula forest and Molinia heathland. The site is situated near to Mariapeel en Deurnesepeel (086), north-east of the city of Weert. This site, together with sites 086 and 088, formed part of a single, larger site (former site NL056) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity The site is a roost for Anser fabalis, but counts probably underestimate actual numbers.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  1987-1991  3,262 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1992-1993  313 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Groote Peel Nature Conservation Law 959 protected area contained by site 1,024  
De Groote Peel I Natural Monument 900 protected area contained by site 900  
De Groote Peel II Natural Monument 440 protected area contained by site 440  
Groote Peel National Park 1,314 protected area contained by site 1,300  
Groote Peel Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 900 protected area contained by site 900  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  10%
Shrubland Heathland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management 100%
forestry 5%
nature conservation and research 99%
tourism/recreation 30%
hunting 10%

Protection status National High International High900 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (De Groote Peel I, 900 ha). 440 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (De Groote Peel II, 440 ha). 1,024 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Groote Peel, 1,024 ha). 1,300 ha of IBA covered by National Park (De Groote Peel, 1,300 ha). 1,320 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Groote Peel, 1,320 ha). 1,320 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (De Groote Peel, 1,320 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Groote Peel. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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