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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 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gebieden gelegen te Peer en Hechtel-Eksel. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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