NL073
Oostelijke Vechtplassen


Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An extensive area of shallow lakes and canals (former peat-workings), fens, reedbeds, swampy woodland, and wet meadows. The site is located to the west of the city of Hilversum, close to the River Vecht. Human activities include water-sports and reed-harvesting.



Key biodiversity
An important roost for geese Anser from surrounding feeding areas, but no counts are available.



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main problems affecting the site are the drainage of water to surrounding low-lying polders, nutrient pollution of wetlands, disturbance to birds caused by boating, and reed-harvesting (`Other' threat). A compensation scheme is in place for those farmers affected by restrictions on agricultural practices.



Protected areas
National Partial International None80 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Moerasterrein Loosdrecht, 80 ha). 598 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ankeveense Plassen, 598 ha). 176 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Het Hol, Kortenhoef, 176 ha). 50 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Horstermeerpolder, 50 ha). 51 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Horstermeerpolder II, 51 ha). 328 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kortenhoefse Plassen, 328 ha). 445 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Loosdrechtse Plassen, 445 ha). 62 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Polder Mijnden, 62 ha). 1 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Spiegelplas, 1 ha). 203 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Tienhovense Plassen, 203 ha). 16 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Wijde Blik, 16 ha).




Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oostelijke Vechtplassen. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/11/2019.