Westerschelde & Saeftinghe

Country/territory: Netherlands

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2016)
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Area: 43,647 ha

Vogelbescherming Nederland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 high not assessed high
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Site description
A tidal estuary of the River Schelde with mudflats, sandbanks and raised saltmarsh (Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe, 3,500 ha), and the only estuary in south-west Netherlands which will be allowed to remain open to the sea. The estuary is 60 km long from the Belgian border up to the North Sea, and is adjacent to the Voordelta (020) in the west.

Key biodiversity
An important roost for tens of thousands of geese Anser from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, but numbers of Anser albifrons in particular have been poorly covered by counts.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Westerschelde & Saeftinghe. Downloaded from on 27/01/2022.