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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)  
Hageven Nature Reserve 170 protected area overlaps with site 170  
Hageven Private Nature Reserve 70 protected area contained by site 170  
Stamprooierbroek-Urlobroek Nature Reserve 400 protected area contained by site 400  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hamonterheide, Hageven, Buitenheide, Mariahof en Stamprooierbroek. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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