An area of grasslands, agricultural land, deciduous and coniferous woodland, and heaths with oligotrophic fens. There is also an ancient park with neglected orchards and ponds.
This is an important area for breeding and migrating meadow birds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is included in the `Ecologisch Impulsgebied', an integrated conservation and development project. Small zones are managed as nature reserves by BNVR/RNOB and the Flemish Region. 2,624 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Vennen, heiden en moerassen rond Turnhout, 4,377 ha). 700 ha of IBA covered by proposed Site of Community Importance (Liereman en Korhaan, 854 ha).
National Low International High170 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (De Liereman, 170 ha). 12 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ravels, 12 ha). 60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Turnhouts vennengebied, 60 ha). 7,075 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Arendonk, Merksplas, Oud-Turnhout, Ravels en Turnhout, 7,075 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gebieden ten noorden van Turnhout en Ravels. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2022.