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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.

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  


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 on 25/10/2014

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