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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 5o 25.00' East  51o 7.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 10,015 ha
Altitude 48 - 75m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Extensive grassland with a few extensively cultivated areas, bisected by valleys with old hay-meadows and wet woodlands. Of particular importance are the Abeek, Dommel and Bolliserbeek valleys.

Key Biodiversity Alcedo atthis also breeds at this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1996  5-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Abeek met aangrenzende moerasgebieden - BE2200033 Habitats Directive 2,523 protected area overlaps with site 298  
Bocholt, Hechtel-Eksel, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Neerpelt en Peer - BE2217310 Birds Directive 9,863 protected area contained by site 9,863  
Hageven met Dommelvallei, Beverbeekse Heide, Warmbeek en Wateringen - BE2200032 Habitats Directive 1,980 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Hamonterheide, Hageven, Buitenheide, Stamprooierbroek en Mariahof - BE2221314 Birds Directive 13,125 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Houthalen-Helchteren, Meeuwen-Gruitrode en Peer - BE2220313 Birds Directive 2,851 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Mangelbeek en heide- en vengebieden tussen Houthalen en Gruitrode - BE2200030 Habitats Directive 3,768 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Militair domein en vallei van de Zwarte Beek - BE2218311 Birds Directive 8,889 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vallei- en brongebied van de Zwarte Beek, Bolisserbeek en Dommel met heide en vengebieden. - BE2200029 Habitats Directive 8,306 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National None International High10,015 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Bocholt, Hechtel-Eksel, Gruitrode, Neerpelt en Peer, 10,015 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gebieden gelegen te Peer en Hechtel-Eksel. Downloaded from on 06/05/2015

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