Van Oordt's Mersken

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Flood-plain meadows of the River Koningsdiep, situated in the eastern part of Friesland.

Key biodiversity
This is an important roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas. Waterbird numbers quoted are rough estimates.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The hunting of geese disturbs birds. A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.

Protected areas
National Partial International None388 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Van Oordt's Mersken, 388 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Van Oordt's Mersken. Downloaded from on 25/01/2022.