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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 5o 20.00' East  51o 7.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 8,864 ha
Altitude 32 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description An extensive heathland on the Kempen plateau, with oligotrophic fens and sand-dunes, and the Zwarte Beek wil valley, a well-preserved, semi-natural landscape with bogs, moorland, marsh, woodland and extensive arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1993  30-40 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bocholt, Hechtel-Eksel, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Neerpelt en Peer - BE2217310 Birds Directive 9,863 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Militair domein en vallei van de Zwarte Beek - BE2218311 Birds Directive 8,889 protected area contains site 8,864  
Vallei van de Zwarte Beek Nature Reserve 827 protected area contained by site 827  
Vallei- en brongebied van de Zwarte Beek, Bolisserbeek en Dommel met heide en vengebieden. - BE2200029 Habitats Directive 8,306 protected area overlaps with site 7,505  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  20%
Shrubland Heathland  30%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military 70%
agriculture 20%
tourism/recreation 5%
nature conservation and research 10%

Protection status National Partial International High827 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Vallei van de Zwarte Beek, 827 ha). 8,864 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Militair domein en de vallei van de Zwarte Beek, 8,864 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallei van de Zwarte Beek. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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