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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 5o 35.00' East  51o 10.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 13,125 ha
Altitude 26 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A large site with heathland, marshes, fish-ponds, extensive grassland, deciduous woodland and agriculture land.

Key Biodiversity A breeding and staging area for reedbed species and meadow birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1993  10-15 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 2,012  
Bocholt, Hechtel-Eksel, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Neerpelt en Peer - BE2217310 Birds Directive 9,863 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Hageven Nature Reserve 170 protected area overlaps with site 170  
Hageven Private Nature Reserve 70 protected area contained by site 170  
Hageven met Dommelvallei, Beverbeekse Heide, Warmbeek en Wateringen - BE2200032 Habitats Directive 1,980 protected area overlaps with site 1,496  
Hamonterheide, Hageven, Buitenheide, Stamprooierbroek en Mariahof - BE2221314 Birds Directive 13,125 is identical to site 13,125  
Itterbeek met Brand, Jagersborg en Schootsheide en Bergerven - BE2200034 Habitats Directive 1,869 protected area overlaps with site 1,422  
Stamprooierbroek-Urlobroek Nature Reserve 400 protected area contained by site 400  
Uiterwaarden langs de Limburgse Maas met Vijverbroek - BE2200037 Habitats Directive 645 protected area overlaps with site 83  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  35%
Shrubland Heathland  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Urban parks and gardens  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 40%
agriculture 50%
nature conservation and research 10%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National Low International High170 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Hageven, 170 ha). 400 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Stamprooierbroek-Urlobroek, 400 ha). 13,125 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hamonterheide, Hageven, Buitenheide, Stamprooierbr, 13,125 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hamonterheide, Hageven, Buitenheide, Mariahof en Stamprooierbroek. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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