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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 5o 0.00' East  51o 23.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 7,075 ha
Altitude 25 - 35m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description An area of grasslands, agricultural land, deciduous and coniferous woodland, and heaths with oligotrophic fens. There is also an ancient park with neglected orchards and ponds.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding and migrating meadow birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  68 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1996  3-8 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Liereman Nature Reserve 170 protected area contained by site 170  
Ravels Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Turnhouts vennengebied Nature Reserve 60 protected area contained by site 60  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   5%
Shrubland Heathland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
forestry 40%
tourism/recreation 5%
nature conservation and research 5%

Protection status National Low International High170 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Liereman, 170 ha). 12 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ravels, 12 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Turnhouts vennengebied, 60 ha). 7,075 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Arendonk, Merksplas, Oud-Turnhout, Ravels en Turnhout, 7,075 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gebieden ten noorden van Turnhout en Ravels. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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