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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 4o 56.00' East  51o 11.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3
Area 91 ha
Altitude 14 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A remnant of the once extensive Kleine Nete river valley, with pools and low moorland, overgrown grasslands and alder swamps.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for passage waterbirds and staging and breeding reedbed species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera passage  300-700 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1,170 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Zegge Nature Reserve 91 protected area contained by site 91  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  25%
Grassland Humid grasslands  50%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National High International High91 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Zegge, 91 ha). 91 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (De Zegge, 91 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zegge. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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