Veerse Meer

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A 20-km long brackish lake (formerly part of the Oosterschelde estuary, closed off in 1961) with sandbanks and small islands, and surrounded by wet meadows, improved grassland, arable land and some forestry plantations.

Key biodiversity
An important roost for tens of thousands of geese Anser (although there are few counts), and for thousands of waders from Oosterschelde (028) at high water.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main problems are nutrient pollution (`Other' threat, above), insufficient exchange with Oosterschelde water, and recreational pressure.

Protected areas
National Partial International None108 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Goudplaat, 108 ha). 286 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Middelplaten, 286 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Veerse Meer. Downloaded from on 19/01/2022.