The area includes the most interesting parts of the coastal polders to the north of Brugge which consist of grasslands, extensively used ditches, canals and reedbeds. It also includes a small part of the coastal dunes near Blankenberge.
This is an internationally important wintering site for Anser brachyrhynchus, A. albifrons and Anas penelope. The area is also important for breeding meadow birds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Because of its ornithological importance the site is well monitored by BNVR/RNOB and the Institute of Nature Conservation. Seventeen percent of the area has been designated as a green area on the physical planning map. Securing the populations of waders and geese on this site will depend on the success of management agreements with farmers, buying of land and an overall management scheme. 25 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Dune areas including IJzermonding and Zwin, 2,891 ha). 350 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Zilte poldergraslanden, 884 ha).
National Low International High12 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Fonteintjes, 12 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Uitkerkse Polder, 60 ha). 9,349 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Poldercomplex Hoeke, Damme, Meetkerke, Uitkerke, 9,530 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Polderkomplex. Downloaded from
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