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Location Netherlands, Noord-Brabant
Central coordinates 5o 8.00' East  51o 26.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 3,870 ha
Altitude 20 - 32m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description The site is adjacent to the De Utrecht estate, and consists of wet heathland, fen, woodland and some cultivated land. Forest stands consist of deciduous/mixed woodlands and conifer plantations of various ages and under varying management regimes. The site is located along the Belgian border, south-east of the city of Tilburg.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1987-1988  26 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mispeleindse en Neterselse Heide Natural Monument 900 protected area contained by site 900  
Rovertse Heide Nature Reserve with Management Subsidy 460 protected area contained by site 471  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
water management 100%
forestry 40%
nature conservation and research 23%
tourism/recreation 50%

Protection status National Partial International None900 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Mispeleindse en Neterselse Heide, 900 ha). 471 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Rovertse Heide, 471 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: De Utrecht. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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