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Location Netherlands, Noord-Brabant
Central coordinates 4o 22.00' East  51o 26.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 5,800 ha
Altitude 10 - 26m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Site description An area of woodland and heathland, located south of the city of Bergen op Zoom. The site is adjacent to the Belgian IBA of Kalmhoutsche Heide. Forest stands consist of deciduous/mixed woodlands and conifer plantations of various ages and under varying management regimes.

Key Biodiversity This site is important at the EU level for Caprimulgus europaeus, Dryocopus martius and Lullula arborea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1994  68 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1994  48 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1994  63 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Brabantse Wal - NL3009003 Birds Directive 4,929 is identical to site 4,924  
Ossendrecht - NL9801055 Habitats Directive 1,746 protected area contained by site 1,746  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  97%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry 50%
hunting 90%
military 6%
nature conservation and research 24%
tourism/recreation 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Brabantse Wal. Downloaded from on 29/03/2015

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