Schorren en Polder van de Beneden-Schelde

Country/territory: Belgium

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 7,570 ha


Site description (2000 baseline)
A brackish part of the River Schelde on Flemish territory near the border of the Netherlands, encompassing mud and sandflats and brackish marshes. The neighbouring polders are included and comprise grazing-meadows, agricultural land, several large reedbeds, sandy and muddy industrial wasteland, and several deep-water docks connected with the River Schelde.

Key biodiversity
This is an internationally important staging and wintering site for waders and waterfowl, especially for Anser anser and Anas crecca. The area is also nationally important for breeding meadow birds and waders.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Schorren en Polder van de Beneden-Schelde. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.