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Location Netherlands, Noord-Brabant
Central coordinates 5o 6.00' East  51o 39.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 4,090 ha
Altitude 9 - 21m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland



Site description The largest area of inland sand-drifts in Europe, surrounded by forest and located west of the city of `s Hertogenbosch. Forest stands consist of deciduous/mixed woodlands and conifer plantations of various ages and under varying management regimes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1991  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  49 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Brand Nature Conservation Law 204 protected area contained by site 410  
Loonse en Drunense Duinen Nature Conservation Law 2,239 protected area contained by site 3,400  
Loonse en Drunense Duinen Nature Reserve 2,211 protected area contained by site 2,211  
Plantloon Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 278 protected area contained by site 262  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  6%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  79%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 70%
tourism/recreation 50%

Protection status National High International None410 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Brand, 410 ha). 2,211 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Loonse en Drunense Duinen, 2,211 ha). 262 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Plantloon, 262 ha). 3,400 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Loonse en Drunense Duinen, 3,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loonse and Drunense Duinen. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014

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