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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 4o 6.00' East  51o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3, C6
Area 7,923 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The area includes long sections of the Schelde and Durme rivers, with very rare freshwater tidal river marshes as well as mudflats, marshes, reedbeds, oxbows and wet meadows.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  600-1,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Gadwall Anas strepera winter  600-1,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca winter  14,000-15,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1993  100-120 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
As State Nature Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Brede Schoren Nature Reserve 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Daknamse kreken Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
De Cramp Certified Nature Reserve 8 protected area contained by site 8  
De Cramp Nature Reserve 8 protected area overlaps with site 8  
De Notelaer Nature Reserve 28 protected area contained by site 28  
Durme en Middenloop van de Schelde - BE2301235 Birds Directive 4,190 is identical to site 4,169  
Grauwe Plaat Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Groot Schoor van Grembergen Nature Reserve 8 protected area overlaps with site 8  
Het Molsbroek Nature Reserve 75 protected area contained by site 75  
Kalkense Meersen Nature Reserve 34 protected area contained by site 34  
Kijkverdriet Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Konkelschoor Nature Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Rietsnijderij Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Schelde- en Durmeêstuarium van de Nederlandse grens tot Gent - BE2300006 Habitats Directive 8,957 protected area overlaps with site 5,510  
Schor aan de Durmemonding Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Schorren bij Zele Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Schorren van Branst Nature Reserve 20 protected area contained by site 20  
Schorren van de Durme Regional Nature Reserve (Flemish Region) 24 protected area contained by site 23  
Sint - Amandsschoor Certified Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 6  
Sint-Onolfsschor Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Stort bij Weert State Nature Reserve 17 protected area contained by site 17  
Vlassenbroekse schorren Nature Reserve 17 protected area contained by site 17  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  80%
Artificial - terrestrial   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
nature conservation and research 80%
tourism/recreation 15%

Protection status National Partial International HighThe IBA is covered by several Nature Reserves; Brede Schoren, 4 ha; `As State, Daknamse kreken', 12 ha; De Cramp, 8 ha; De Notelaer, 28 ha; Grauwe Plaat, 1 ha; Groot Schoor van Grembergen, 8 ha; Het Molsbroek, 75 ha; Kalkense Meersen, 34 ha; Kijkverdriet, 5 ha; Konkelschoor, 2 ha; Rietsnijderij, 3 ha; Schor aan de Durmemonding, 6 ha; Schorren bij Zele, 12 ha; Schorren van Branst, 20 ha; Sint-Amandsschoor, 6 ha; Sint-Onolfsschor, 5 ha; Vlassenbroekse schorren, 17 ha. 17 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Stort bij Weert, 17 ha). 23 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Schorren van de Durme, 23 ha). 7,923 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Durme en de middenloop van de Schelde, 7,923 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Durme en Middenloop van de Schelde. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014

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