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Location Belgium, Vlaams Gewest
Central coordinates 5o 24.00' East  50o 57.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 800 ha
Altitude 35 - 55m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description An area of several ponds and fens fed by numerous brooks, with heathland and deciduous, mixed and coniferous woodland and grasslands.

Key Biodiversity The area is a breeding and staging site for reedbed species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  2 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
De Borggravevijver s Nature Reserve 28 protected area contained by site 28  
Het Wik Certified Nature Reserve 85 protected area contained by site 85  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
nature conservation and research 25%
tourism/recreation 25%
forestry 40%

Protection status National Partial International High28 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Borggravevijver s, 28 ha). 85 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Het Wik, 85 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Bokrijk, 800 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bokrijk. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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