Brabantse Wal

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2016 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
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2011-2015 94 breeding pairs B3, C6
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius LC breeding 2011-2015 41 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 2011-2015 112 breeding pairs B3, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2016).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 favourable not assessed low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar 80 94 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Dryocopus martius Black Woodpecker 40 41 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Lullula arborea Woodlark 100 112 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Not assessed low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Grenspark De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide Nationaal Park 3,833 protected area overlaps with site 0
Brabantse Wal Natuurbeschermingswet 4,874 is identical to site 0
Brabantse Wal Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,775 protected area overlaps with site 1,746
Brabantse Wal Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,824 is identical to site 4,924


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Forestry plantations -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Brabantse Wal. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.