IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 1994 100-384 individuals B1i, B2, C2
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter - 1,100-18,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1995 4 breeding pairs B3
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 1996 13-18 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Polders Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,866 protected area overlaps with site 267
Meetjeslandse Krekengebied Erkend natuurreservaat 118 protected area overlaps with site 0
Meetjeslandse kreken Nature Reserve 19 protected area contained by site 19
Krekengebied Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 781 protected area overlaps with site 780
Het Meetjeslands krekengebied West Vlaams Ecologisch Netwerk 462 protected area overlaps with site 0
Grote Geul Nature Reserve 14 protected area contained by site 14


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Krekengebied. Downloaded from on 05/10/2022.