De Maten

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding - 2 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 1993 5-10 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
openbaar bos Limburg Openbaar bos 20,569 protected area overlaps with site 0
Het Vijvergebied Midden-Limburg Vlaams Ecologisch Netwerk 2,085 protected area overlaps with site 0
De Maten Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 566 protected area overlaps with site 564
De Maten Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 536 protected area overlaps with site 536
De Maten Nature Reserve 213 protected area contained by site 213
De Maten Erkend natuurreservaat 211 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: De Maten. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.